This is the popular Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American author.
She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti but her parents left the country when she was only two years old.
Danticat wrote her first short story while living in Haiti about a girl who was visited by a clan each night. Two years later she published her first work in the English language titled "A Haitian-American Christmas. She later published many of her works such as Breath, Eyes, Memory (young adult novel, 1994), Krik? Krak! (stories, 1996), The Farming of Bones (novel, 1998), Behind the Mountains (young adult novel, 2002, part of the First Person Fiction series), After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti (travel book, 2002), and many more
Author Edwidge Danticat's new novel Claire of the Sea Light is Wilmette Library's selection for its "One Book, Everybody Reads" program.
The novel tells the story of a young Haitian girl, orphaned by her father so she will be better taken care of. It traces Claire's experiences back to the fishing hamlet where she once lived.
Danticat has been much honored, recipient of critics' awards, fellowship grants, literary recognition, medals of honor, and achievement awards.