Boswell Book Company and Youthaiti present an evening with Haitian-Canadian-American writer Myriam J.A. Chancy, author of What Storm, What Thunder and HBA Chair in the Humanities at Scripps College in Claremont, California.
At the end of a long, sweltering day, as markets and businesses begin to close for the evening, an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude shakes the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The story follows the inner lives of folks affected by the disaster - a wealthy expat, his architect daughter, a drug trafficker, emigrant musician and taxi driver, a
The story follows the inner lives of folks 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 and others.
Artfully weaving together these lives, witness is given to the desolation wreaked by nature and by man. What Storm, What Thunder is a reckoning of the heartbreaking trauma of disaster, and - at the same time -an unforgettable testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit.
Edwidge Danticat called the novel "Sublime. A striking and formidable novel by one of our most brilliant writers and storytellers.”
Youthaiti is a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that promotes sustainable sanitation and agriculture in rural Haiti. More at Youthaiti.org .
Purchase your copy of What Storm, What Thunder at https://www.boswellbooks.com/book/9781951142766 .