“I’ve really been looking forward to this book. The stories in the collection are intense, provocative, and always interesting. All the stories are connected to Haiti, but the stories reveal different shades of the island so that it takes on a life of its own.
‘Things I Know about Fairy Tales’ is one of my favorites. Outwardly, an account of a kidnapping, it’s also a graphic retelling of ancient ‘fairy tales’ that views them in a completely different light. ‘In the manner of water or light’ is both disturbing and beautiful. There’s a visceral intensity in this story that haunts you which you could say about most of the stories in the collection. There’s great variation here, from short shorts to a great list (‘you never knew how the waters ran so cruel so deep’) and the longer stories.”