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Edwidge Danticat

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Edwidge Danticat

Year Published



Short Stories


Fiction, History, War Literature

At a Glance

Edwidge Danticat tells the stories of Haitian people of various genders, ages, and walks of life. She explores how everyday people are affected by the political instability and violence that has characterized Haitian history. Family relationships are central to the characters of Danticat's stories. They face challenges brought on by devastating circumstances and find strength in their relationships and ancestors.

Perspective and Narrator

The narrator of the story collection Krik? Krak! varies as each story introduces a new set of people and circumstances. "Children of the Sea" is an example of a story told in the first person which alternates between a male narrator adrift at sea after escaping Haiti and a female narrator witnessing violence at home. "Women Like Us" is an example of a story told in the second person which has an unnamed female narrator speaking directly to a young woman writer.


The stories in this collection are in different tenses. "Children of the Sea," "Night Women," and "Epilogue: Women Like Us" are in present tense. "Nineteen Thirty-Seven," "A Wall of Fire Rising," "Between the Pool and the Gardenias," "The Missing Peace," "Seeing Things Simply," and "Caroline's Wedding" are in the past tense.

About the Title

The title of this collection refers to a call and response from Haitian storytelling. When storytellers would say "Krik?" the audience would respond "Krak!" This tradition allows the storyteller to engage and interact with listeners to the story.


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