Walking on Fire Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance

ISBN-10: 080148748X

ISBN-13: 9780801487484

Edition: 2002

Authors: Beverly Bell, Edwidge Danticat

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In Walking On Fire, the author brings together 38 oral histories from a diverse group of Haitian women. The interviewees come from many different segments of society and include a former prime minister, an illiterate poet, and a vodou dancer.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 12/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and came to America at age twelve to live with her parents in Brooklyn. She studied French literature at Barnard College and received her M.F.A. from Brown University. Her work has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), her first novel and master's thesis, garnered Danticat a Granta Regional Award for Best Young American Novelist and was chosen as an Oprah Book Club selection, a singular honor. Her collection of short stories Krik? Krak! (1995) was nominated for the National Book Award. Along with awards for fiction from Seventeen and Essence and the 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize, Danticat was chosen by Harper's Bazaar as "one of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference," and by the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 Under 30" people to watch. Her second novel, The Farming of Bones (1998), concerns a massacre in Haiti in 1937.

Preface: Beat Back the Darkness
Introduction: The Women of Millet Mountain
Resistance in Survival
My Head Burning with the Burden
A Baby Left on the Doorstep in a Rotten Basket
I Always Live That Hope
A Woman Named Roselie Who Fought Back
I Don't Have the Call, I Don't Have the Response
Resistance as Expression
I'll Die with the Words on My Lips
Singing a Woman's Misery
Getting the Poetry
The Struggle for Creole
Chaleron's Lesson
The Cultural Soul
Expanding the Space of Expression
Resistance for Political and Economic Change
My Blood and My Breath
A Grain of Sand
A Little Light
Jumping over the Fire
The Samaritan
Five Cans of Corn
Sharing the Dream
Chunk of Gold
Reshuffling the Cards
Resistance for Gender Justice
Minister of the Status and Rights of Women
The Marriage Question
Walking with My Little Coffin
Women's Business
Support for the Children
A Country's Problems, A Woman's Problems
Deciding My Life
Assuming the Title "Feminist"
The Carriage Is Leaving
Resistance Transforming Power
Lighting Candles of Hope
Sharing the Breadfruit
The People Say Jump
The More People Dream
You Can't Eat Gumbo with One Finger
Rocks in the River
A Stubborn Hope
Epilogue: Resistance as Solidarity
Get Up, Shake Your Bodies
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