Synopses & Reviews
From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Brother, I'm Dying, a collection of vividly imagined stories about community, family, and love.
Rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity, set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, Everything Inside is at once wide in scope and intimate, as it explores the forces that pull us together, or drive us apart, sometimes in the same searing instant.
In these eight powerful, emotionally absorbing stories, a romance unexpectedly sparks between two wounded friends; a marriage ends for what seem like noble reasons, but with irreparable consequences; a young woman holds on to an impossible dream even as she fights for her survival; two lovers reunite after unimaginable tragedy, both for their country and in their lives; a baby's christening brings three generations of a family to a precarious dance between old and new; a man falls to his death in slow motion, reliving the defining moments of the life he is about to lose.
This is the indelible work of a keen observer of the human heart — a master at her best.
"Families fracture and reform...In propulsive prose, and with great compassion, Danticat writes both of her characters' losses and of their determination to continue." Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)
"Extraordinary: spare, evocative, moving. Danticat tackles the complexities of diaspora with lyrical grace....She asks her readers to witness the integrity of her subjects as they excavate beauty and hope from uncertainty and loss." Kirkus (starred review)
"Haunting...Danticat once again urges readers out of comfort zones to bear witness to urgent topics — and alchemizes sorrows and tragedies into opportunities for enlightenment." Terry Hong, Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including The Art of Death, a National Book Critics Circle finalist; Claire of the Sea Light, a New York Times Notable Book; Brother, I'm Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah's Book Club selection; and Krik? Krak!, also a National Book Award finalist. A 2018 Neustadt International Prize for Literature winner, and the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, and elsewhere.