What Storm, What Thunder

Myriam JA Chancy

“We all know however, it is we will ourselves to move through this: afterward, the terrible thing never goes away. It dims but remains, lurking, an uninvited guest, a leech. The more you try to forget, the more it hangs on. One side of the scissor to the other, back and forth, conjoined, not able to leave. The feeling uniting a dream and pain lasts eternally, but you yearn for the return to a blank space, the in-between suspension between the two before they came to be jointed. You yearn for the sweet, open-eyed innocence, the comforting warmth of the blankness, to never become aware of the jointing itself, of then having to live in the after, always, remembering the before.”

Is it too early to name your best books of the year? This novel is deeply affecting. It forces you to slow down. Chronicling the lives of Haitian people affected by the 7.0 earthquake on January 12, 2010, it hits you right in the gut. Powerful and astute, nothing I say here will even come close to doing it justice. Myriam J.A. Chancy has created something truly special here, and I think everyone should read it.

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What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam JA Chancy
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