Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat

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This long-awaited collection about love, family, and community proves once again that Edwidge Danticat is a force to be reckoned with in the land of the short story. Everything Inside (Knopf, $25.95) is quiet but powerful, full of loss and grief, but also of humanity. The stories are written with great care and packed with simple but utterly perfect sentences; Danticat is a master of economy, but also of building worlds and bringing faraway lands to life, from Miami, Florida, to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Kidnappings, earthquakes, divorce, and even death are catalysts that test each character’s resolve, but no scene is overly dramatic or painfully tragic—there is pain, but it is realistic, sometimes even ordinary. In the story “Dosas,” a character named Elsie encapsulates the whole of this collection in her statement that “Some people just want to go home, no matter what the cost." Home is at the heart of each story in Everything Inside, and, as for so
many of us, its meaning spans oceans and often isn’t a physical location at all.

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ISBN: 9780525521273
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Published: Knopf - August 27th, 2019

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