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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling powerhouse Roxane Gay, Ayiti is a powerful collection exploring the Haitian diaspora experience. Originally published by a small press, this edition will make Gay’s debut widely available for the first time, including several new stories. 

In Ayiti, a married couple seeking boat passage to America prepares to leave their homeland. A young woman procures a voodoo love potion to ensnare a childhood classmate. A mother takes a foreign soldier into her home as a boarder, and into her bed. And a woman conceives a daughter on the bank of a river while fleeing a horrific massacre, a daughter who later moves to America for a new life but is perpetually haunted by the mysterious scent of blood. 

These early stories showcase Gay’s prowess as "one of the voices of our age” (National Post, Canada).

©2011, 2018 Roxane Gay. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A loosely linked collection of stories

Is there a name for this type of literature? It is a collection of short stories that at first seem unrelated, but they are all from one woman's life. Her life is set in Haiti and the USA. Over time, questions from one story are answered in another, filling in the blanks and curiosities. It has opened me to more short story collections in the future.

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strong storytelling of short stories

Powerful storytelling- sexual and sensual writing and an appreciation of the shared perception of Haiti's culture.

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Not what I was expecting

This book is a collaboration of lot of short stories. I found the stories were too short, and although some of them started to peak my interest they ended quickly and it felt like the stories didn't give you a chance to really get insight into the characters and you are left hanging not knowing how they end.

There are a few graphically written erotic stories which in my opinion weren't really necessary but again, they were too short to actually pull me in and get me excited to find out more.
This book just wasn't for me.

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Wonderful

I loved this book. I want to recommend it to everyone. Loved the narration, the story is at times sad but leaves you feeling inspired

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  • steph
  • 2018-10-01

Great short collection

At such a short length (< 3 hours), this really packs a punch. Definitely some difficult topics such as sexual assault so be aware. But I would definitely recommend this to friends of mine, and I thought Roxane Gay did a great job with her own narration. I listened to this a few months ago, and some of the stories have still stuck in my memory so vividly.

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  • Susan M Werner
  • 2018-08-18

A Glimpse of Real

Wonderful shorts that give a glimpse of real life in a Haiti as only those with family or personal experience can tell. Regional insights that transcend into all human experience especially for women, but men will find it compelling as well.

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  • Jill Love
  • 2018-08-06

The Best Short Story Collection...

...I have read. Always a pleasure when the author is the narrator of the audio book! Well balanced, thoughtful, and utterly satisfying.