What Storm, What Thunder

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Tin House Books
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5.91 X 9.06 X 1.34 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Myriam J. A. Chancy is the author of What Storm, What Thunder, awarded an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and named a best book of the year by NPR, Kirkus, Chicago Public Library, New York Public Library, the Boston Globe, and the Globe and Mail. Her past novels include The Loneliness of Angels, winner of the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award; The Scorpion's Claw; and Spirit of Haiti, short-listed for the Commonwealth Prize. She is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and HBA Chair in the Humanities at Scripps College in California.
A plaintive and beautiful love song to Haiti.-- "New Books Network"
Many of us are hungry for stories of survival and resilience in this precarious world where the for-grantedness of life is fractured. This book delivers.-- "The San Francisco Chronicle"
Heartbreaking and haunting, this exploration of life in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after it's hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake is sure to stay with you.-- "Ms. Magazine"
Masterful.--Black Book Stacks
Lending her voice to ten survivors whose lives were indelibly altered by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Myriam J. A. Chancy's sublime choral novel not only describes what it was like for her characters before, during, and after that heartrending day, she also powerfully guides us towards further reflection and healing.--Edwidge Danticat, author of Everything Inside
One of the finest examples of someone writing from a place of deep love and deep grief simultaneously--the story itself is wondrous and very, very human.--Omar El Akkad "CBC.COM"
Searing. . . . Chancy's fictional portrait of the survivors and victims is both ode and elegy.-- "Oprah Daily"
Unforgettable.-- "New York Public Library"
Masterfully written and unforgettable.-- "Chicago Public Library"
This novel, narrated by a cast of courageous and compelling characters, resonates with hope and resilience.-- "BookBrowse"
A stunning commentary on racism, sexual violence, capitalism and the resilience required to rebuild a life.-- "The Washington Post"
Not since W. G. Sebald has somebody succeeded in evoking such a rich sense of the history of disaster. . . . She has unimpeachable credibility--and a clear purpose: People do persist, not merely suffer.-- "NPR Books"
Written by a Haitian Canadian American author, this novel paints Haiti's 2010 earthquake and its aftermath through 10 points of view, from a wealthy water executive to an architect returning from Rwanda to deal with the earthquake's aftermath.-- "The New York Times Book Review"
This is fiction as an act of bearing witness. . . .Chancy's lush prose engages shifting and intersecting points of view that reflect the contours of an island nation borne of anti-colonial rebellion.-- "Vulture"
Devastating. . . . Extraordinary.-- "Alma"
Virtuosic.-- "The Globe and Mail"
The voices are weaved together effortlessly, each more mesmerizing than the last.--Louisa Ermellino "Publishers Weekly"
Weaves together stories that will both break your heart and highlight the resilience of survivors.-- "The Mary Sue"
Poignant.-- "Poets & Writers"
An elegiac and moving portrait of Haitians as they experienced the devastating 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, this novel offers an ensemble of resilient, hopeful characters, haunted by those they mourn, but faithful for a better future.-- "The Boston Globe"
Enchanting in its complexity, inviting but also deeply haunting.-- "The Rumpus"
Fascinating. . . . intimately written in such a way that you feel it.-- "NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour"
Powerful and compelling.-- "Largehearted Boy"
Unforgettable. . . . a devastating, personal and vital account.-- "Kirkus, Starred Review"
A beautiful, haunting chorus of voices. This is a heartbreaking book, a striking achievement.--Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose
A gorgeous and compulsively readable page-turner in the most haunting and stunning prose. If you love the works of Jesmyn Ward, Edwidge Danticat, and J. M. Coetzee, this is the book for you! Absolutely breathtaking!--Angie Cruz, author of Dominicana
Myriam J. A. Chancy is a masterful writer. The book is devastating and tender, but it is not a spectacle of sadness--it is a show of humanity and care in the midst of great violence.--José Olivarez, author of Citizen Illegal
An affecting and immersive--an important--book.--Dan Vyleta, Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author of The Crooked Maid, Smoke and Soot
Extraordinary. . . . lyrical. . . . dazzling. . . . Each of the voices entrances, thanks to Chancy's beautiful prose and rich themes. This is not to be missed.-- "Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"
Remarkable. . . . Every element of the writing and characterization delivers a poignant experience.-- "Booklist"
A heartbreaking tale of regret and resilience, and a fiery rebuke of racism, violence and greed.-- "TIME"
Incredibly powerful.-- "BuzzFeed"
Compelling. . . . Chancy offers her readers the rare opportunity to view the earthquake's aftermath from multiple angles, with every shadow of doubt, every glimmer of hope, illuminating the ever-expanding history of the catastrophe and its devastation.-- "BOMB Magazine"
A really beautiful, incredibly powerful portrait of a community.-- "Boston.com"
Deeply haunting.-- "SheReads"
Chancy promises to illuminate the lives of people who in America are often fleeting visions on 24-hour news channels, noticed only when disaster happens.-- "The Chicago Tribune"

A soaring, heartbreaking symphony.

-- "Library Journal, Starred Review"
A must-read. . . . a singular story of strength, sorrow, heartbreak, and love.-- "Apartment Therapy"
A gorgeous, intimate voice. . . . A reminder of the extraordinary resilience, then as now, of the Haitian people.-- "People Magazine"
Unmissable.-- "Harper's Bazaar"
Beautiful and breathtaking.-- "Asterix Journal"
Riveting.-- "Haitian Times"
What Storm, What Thunder is a beautiful book. . . . Myriam's novel makes what was lost when the earth opened up so clear.-- "Read More Podcast"