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Haiti: Fiction Books
Stories and novels about the country and people of Haiti for adults and teens.
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Title: Continental Drift
Author: Banks, Russell
ISBN: 9780060956738
Notes: On the extravagant, shallow promises of his brother, Bob Dubois, 30, a burnt-out New Hampshire oil burner repairman, takes his family to Florida. There the Duboises meet their destiny in the form of a counterpoint family - that of Vanise Dorsinville, a woman who has fled Haiti with her infant and nephew for a better life in the U.S.

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Title: All Saints Rising
Author: Bell, Madison Smartt
ISBN: 0679439897
Notes: The slave uprising in Haiti was a momentous contribution to the tide of revolution that swept over the Western world at the end of the 1700s. A brutal rebellion that strove to overturn a vicious system of slavery, the uprising successfully transformed Haiti from a European colony to the world’s first Black republic. From the center of this horrific maelstrom, the heroic figure of Toussaint Louverture–a loyal, literate slave and both a devout Catholic and Vodouisant–emerges as the man who will take the merciless fires of violence and vengeance and forge a revolutionary war fueled by liberty and equality.

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Title: The Dew Breaker
Author: Danticant, Edwidge
Publisher: Knopf (2004)
ISBN: 1400041147
Notes: A Haitian immigrant to the United States tells his daughter that he was not a prisoner, but a prison guard.

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Title: Breath, Eyes, Memory
Author: Danticat, Edwidge
ISBN: 9780375705045
Notes: At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti--to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence, in a novel that bears witness to the traditions, suffering, and wisdom of an entire people.

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Title: The Farming of Bones
Author: Danticat, Edwidge
Publisher: Soho Press (1998)
ISBN: 1569471266
Call Number: Fiction
Notes: Two Haitian lovers cross the border into the Dominican Republic in 1937.

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Title: Fresh Girl
Author: Placide, Jaira
ISBN: 0385327536
Notes: The coming of age of a 14-year old Haitian girl in Brooklyn, NY.

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Title: Mr. Clarinet
Author: Stone, Nick
ISBN: 9780060897338
Notes: Three years ago, Charlie Carver, the five-year-old son of a powerful Haitian billionaire, vanished. His father is offering Max $15 million to bring the boy back—or, at the very least, to find his body and deliver his abductors.

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Title: Children of Heroes
Author: Trouillot, Lyonel
ISBN: 9780803294592
Notes: Testimony, confession, a child’s outpouring: this is a painfully matter-of-fact account of how he and his older sister, Mariéla, killed the man who tyrannized them and their piously pathetic mother, who is now a “blank.” As he describes their flight from the slum in Haiti to an uncertain somewhere called “far away,” Colin conjures a bleak picture of the life he and his sister are trying to leave behind. And whether these two—children only in age—are guilty or merely victims of the violence festering in their city is a question only the reader can answer.