by Frank, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
From the other side of the island comes Edwidge Danticat (pronounced "Dan-ti-cah"), another young writer who has been dubbed (and who resents being dubbed) the voice of her country (Haiti) and generation (early 30's, like Diaz). In 1996 she was named one of Granta's best American novelists, and in 1995 her short story collection Krik? Krak! was nominated for the National Book Award. Danticat's writing is as spare as Junot Diaz's, and a little more lyrical. And she gives a no less moving portrait of life in her new and old countries, which is always hard and beautiful, devastating and uplifting, all at the same time.