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What Storm, What Thunder

by Myriam J. A. Chancy

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What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam J. A. Chancy
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    Oct 2021, 320 pages

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    Aug 23, 2022, 320 pages

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Set mostly in Haiti during a devastating 2010 earthquake, this novel, narrated by a cast of courageous and compelling characters, resonates with hope and resilience.

What Storm, What Thunder illuminates life in Haiti during and after the massive earthquake on January 12, 2010. Later called the "Event," or "Douz" (the number 12 in Haitian Creole), it took more than 250,000 lives. Aftershocks — emotional, economic, political, humanitarian, geographic — continue to the present day. Despite the backdrop of trauma, this book drew me in on many levels.

Author Myriam J. A. Chancy was born in Haiti and retains strong ties. Her intimate knowledge of the country's landscape, people, culture and history informs every page. Language throughout is descriptive, poetic and peppered with a few Creole words: "The pool at the Hotel de la Montagne was in the form of what the people called a pois rouge, or red kidney bean. The food was also Haitian…chicken in a spicy sauce called ti malis, little devil or pleasure, that made the tongue dance."

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