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Drifting by Katia D. Ulysse


by Katia D. Ulysse

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Through a group of interconnected narratives, Ulysse tells the stories of Haitian women and girls, both in Haiti and after their often complicated immigrations to the United States. lysse is one of the strongest new writers I've read in a long time, and this book is both powerful and extremely readable. I haven't read many Haitian writers beyond Edwidge Danticat and reading Ulysse's book made me want to revisit what I'd already read and go out to find even more. You will like this book, y'all.

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2015/05/drifting-by-katia-d-ulysse-2014.html ] ( )
  kristykay22 | May 30, 2015 |
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So much triumph and heartbreak in one book. I did find it interesting that all of the characters came to America by way of New York. Wives and children reunite with their husband/father, except one who finds a new husband once she lands in NY.
In one story, a sibling meets an implied unfortunate ending.
In another story a girl falls into the job-for-right-now trap after she and her mother find themselves homeless.
A wife sells everything she owns to keep her husband alive.

Definitely a good read. ( )
  lizamichelle1 | Jan 28, 2015 |
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Drifting is the story of Haitian immigrants who come to the United States and find a totally different world than they expected. It covers forty years of Haitian family life. All the stories are interwoven by relationships that the characters have with each other. A great diverse read. ( )
  Devlindusty | Sep 30, 2014 |
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Drifting tells the stories of Haitian immigrants who find themselves in a very different world once their dreams of leaving their home island are realized. The book is divided into 5 sections, loosely associated by a common character or relationship here and there. The unifying theme is living in a world that you are not a part of. It is beautifully written, at times heart-warming and other times horrifying. I'll be looking for more books by this author. ( )
  zdufran | Sep 19, 2014 |
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This is an illuminating look at the trials and tribulations of four decades (1970-2010) of Haitian family life, both in Haiti and as immigrants in the United States. The narrative does, indeed, drift as the title implies. There is a thread, sometimes thin, that connects the segments. We wander through various neighborhoods, spy on tourists at a posh hotel, observe spiritual practices, dream impossible dreams, witness ugly crimes, and see some successes.

At times it is a bit difficult to follow but it is a rewarding read. ( )
  seeword | Aug 28, 2014 |
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The interwoven narrative spans four decades--from 1970 through 2010--and drifts among various provinces in Haiti, the United States, churches, vodun temples, schools, strip clubs, and the grave. Ulysse introduces us to a childless Haitian American couple risking it all for a baby to call their own; a Florida-based predatory schoolteacher threatening students with deportation if they expose him; and the unforgettable Monsieur Boursicault, whose chain of funeral parlors makes him the wealthiest man in Haiti.… (more)

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