What Storm, What Thunder
At the end of a long, sweltering day, an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude shakes the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. Award-winning author Myriam J. A. Chancy masterfully charts the inner lives of the characters affected by the disaster--Richard, an expat and wealthy water-bottling executive with a secret daughter; the daughter, Anne, an architect who drafts affordable housing structures for a global NGO; a small-time drug trafficker, Leopold, who pines for a beautiful call girl; Sonia and her business partner, Dieudonné, who are followed by a man they believe is the vodou spirit of death; Didier, an emigrant musician who drives a taxi in Boston; Sara, a mother haunted by the ghosts of her children in an IDP camp; her husband, Olivier, an accountant forced to abandon the wife he loves; their son, Jonas, who haunts them both; and Ma Lou, the old woman selling produce in the market who remembers them all.
Brilliantly crafted, fiercely imagined, and deeply haunting, What Storm, What Thunder is a singular, stunning record, a reckoning of the heartbreaking trauma of disaster, and--at the same time--an unforgettable testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit.
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Poignant.-- "Poets & Writers"
Unforgettable. . . . a devastating, personal and vital account.-- "Kirkus, Starred Review"
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
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