I'm drawn to stories that not only transports me to a new place, but, is so rich that I can see, smell and taste what each character is experiencing. Each time I read one of Edwidge Danticat's novels, I'm whisked into a vibrant world that feels familiar and foreign at the same time.
Edwidge Danticat is a Haitian-American author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, Krik? Krak! ( I loooovee this book!) a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker and Claire of the Sea Light.
One of my favorites is her Create Dangerously, a collection of essay she work about the Immigrant Artist. Although, the violent dictatorship rule in the late 1960s-early 70s is the political backdrop of this series, she shares stories about the brave citizens and artists who risked their lives so others may gain the freedom to create.
Throughout the book, Ms. Danticat shares her thoughts on what it means to be an Artist and the role they play during turbulent times. I walked away not only inspired but with a deep sense of gratitude for all who came before me.
Click the video to lear more about Edwidge Danticat and why I think her book, Create Dangerously, is a declaration for all Artists.
For more information about Edwidge Danticat and her novels, please visit her website: www.edwidgedanticat.com