LAVIL: LIFE, LOVE & DEATH IN PORT-AU-PRINCE-HAITI

Edited by Peter Orner & Evan Lyon with a Foreword by Edwidge Danticat

Half a dozen years after the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck Haiti, the island nation remains in crisis, and all but ignored by the international community. At the center of this crisis is Lavil—“The City” in Kreyol, as Port-au-Prince is known to Haitians—the cultural, political, and economic capital of Haiti and home to over 2.5 million resilient souls.

This immersive and engrossing oral history collection gives voice to the continuing struggle of Haitian people to live, love and prosper while trying to rebuild their city and country after disasters both natural and manmade.

CURRICULUM FORTHCOMING

NARRATORS INCLUDE:

JUSLENE, who moved to Port-au-Prince as a child for educational opportunities but was instead forced to work as a restavek – an unpaid servant – and who maintains unwavering hope despite the loss of her family when the city was destroyed.

JOHNNY & DENIS, a teacher and his younger brother, who spent years hustling for work and looking out for each other in one of the city’s sprawling post-earthquake tent camps.

LAMOTHE, a wry and well-read expert of Haiti’s clean water crisis, who is one of the many Port-au-Prince citizens dedicated to rebuilding his city and nation.

ABOUT THE EDITORS & FOREWORDER:

Peter Orner is the author of two novels (Love and Shame and Love and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo), two short story collections (Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge), and editor of two books of non-fiction/oral history (Underground America and Hope Deferred). He is co-host of a radio program on KWMR/ Point Reyes, CA called Casual Footsteps with John McCrea and co-owner of a bookstore called the Book Exchange.
Evan Lyon is a physician who has worked on health and human rights in Haiti since 1997 with Partners In Health / Zanmi Lasante and other Haitian organizations and is currently Chief Medical Officer the Heartland Alliance, a Chicago-based NGO.
Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and came to the United States when she was twelve years old. She graduated from Barnard College and received an M.F.A. from Brown University. She made an auspicious debut with her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, and followed it with the story collection Krik? Krak!, whose National Book Award nomination made Danticat the youngest nominee ever.

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