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After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti

Edwidge Danticat (1969–)
After the Dance:
A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti

New York: Crown Publishers, 2002

In After the Dance Edwidge Danticat introduces readers to the stunningly rich world of Haiti. A Haitian living abroad who has never attended Carnival in the island’s thriving Jacmel, she writes with both an intimate familiarity and a sense of wonder. Traveling through the small but thriving port city, she opens up corridors to understanding Haiti’s past through colorful conversation with the people who make it the place to be during Carnival. Danticat twirls readers around parades of cross-dressing May queens, dramatic AIDS protesters, and the town’s renowned papier-mâché
animal costumes. With each page, the people of Haiti and their complicated love for the country come alive. As Danticat’s friend Michelet Divers explains, “This is a country where people are poor in money perhaps, but rich in culture. Carnival is a chance to show our kind
of wealth.”

lae sway (circulation assistant)
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