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Ayiti

Narrated by: Roxane Gay
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
4 out of 5 stars (302 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling powerhouse Roxane Gay, Ayiti is a powerful collection exploring the Haitian diaspora experience. Originally published by a small press, this edition will make Gay’s debut widely available for the first time, including several new stories. 

In Ayiti, a married couple seeking boat passage to America prepares to leave their homeland. A young woman procures a voodoo love potion to ensnare a childhood classmate. A mother takes a foreign soldier into her home as a boarder, and into her bed. And a woman conceives a daughter on the bank of a river while fleeing a horrific massacre, a daughter who later moves to America for a new life but is perpetually haunted by the mysterious scent of blood. 

These early stories showcase Gay’s prowess as "one of the voices of our age” (National Post, Canada).

©2011, 2018 Roxane Gay. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Great short collection

At such a short length (< 3 hours), this really packs a punch. Definitely some difficult topics such as sexual assault so be aware. But I would definitely recommend this to friends of mine, and I thought Roxane Gay did a great job with her own narration. I listened to this a few months ago, and some of the stories have still stuck in my memory so vividly.

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The Best Short Story Collection...

...I have read. Always a pleasure when the author is the narrator of the audio book! Well balanced, thoughtful, and utterly satisfying.

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A Glimpse of Real

Wonderful shorts that give a glimpse of real life in a Haiti as only those with family or personal experience can tell. Regional insights that transcend into all human experience especially for women, but men will find it compelling as well.

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Beautifully written stories

I listened while on a long drive. I found myself immersed in the stories and picturing myself there with the characters in the story. I laughed, I cried. So many feelings were evoked.
Roxane Gay is a gift and a gifted writer. I’m so glad to have found and read most of her books (looking forward to more).
Important reads for anyone, especially those who’d like to learn about people who may seem different from yourself, but really are no different than you.

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Short stories of Haitians and Haitian life

This is a collection of short stories based on Haiti and the Haitian born living in the United States or in the Island nation.

I listened to this on a whim between other reads. I don't read a lot of short stories which at first results in confusion as one story ends and another begins. I felt the author was a great reader, and for the most part I enjoyed her writing, but the reason I don't often read short stories is a need for more.

Each served to illuminate a bit about an aspect of being Haitian, the life, poverty, and culture, as well as the human condition of all peoples. I recommend it to those who like Roxane Gay and those who like the genre.

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Meh

Just okay, nothing special or riveting here. I really had a tough time following this one.

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Wonderful

Beautiful stories! So much variety and they are so filled with emotion. The only thing is the audio quality sounds a little off? And sometimes the volume jumps up unexpectedly.

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loved it

Roxane Gay reaches deep into the soul and exposes the parts of humanity that are both filthy and beautiful. All the stories weave a rich tapestry of what it is like to love, what is like to hurt, and what it was like to feel and be human.

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Poetic Journal Entries

The writing style is personal, poetic, and emotional. Nearly all first person 'slice of life' stories about a girl in Haiti. A few longer stories have some depth and emotion. Many of the shorter works read like journal entries, jotting down thoughts and observing life. The narrator has a slight lisp.

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Haitian women in Haiti & the US

This is a collection of short stories about Haitian women, in Haiti and in the US. It's read by the author, who has a wonderful voice--in both senses.

The background and experience behind these stories is unfamiliar to me and therefore sometimes confusing. Yet the more I listened, the more grounded I felt and more open to enjoying the next story. These are stories of life in a country and setting very different from my own, and stories of an immigrant experience both like and unlike my grandparents' immigrant experience in the first part of the 20th century. They're stories very well-told, and they drew me in.

I had no real idea what I would be getting when I picked it from Audible's "two free Audible Originals" offerings for May, but I'm glad I did.

General advice: Don't be afraid to try something from a different background. You might get a nice surprise, and you might expand the world of fiction that doesn't seem too foreign to your experience to be likely sources of enjoyment. This isn't the first time I've gotten one of those nice surprises.

Recommended.