Myriam J.A. Chancy with Angie Cruz

The author of numerous well-received scholarly studies and a much-praised first novel, The Loneliness of Angels, Haitian-Canadian-American writer and Scripps College Professor Myriam J.A. Chancy virtually visits tonight for her transcendent new novel, What Storm, What Thunder (Tin House).

“The 2010 earthquake in Haiti provides the backdrop for the extraordinary latest from Chancy .... Multilayered, lyrical, and told by 10 people affected by the disaster, all connected by blood or friendship, Chancy’s dazzling take considers a myriad of topics including sexual violence, racism, a dysfunctional government, and capitalism ... There are many endings, with shifting fortunes and stories involving vodou, and it all coheres with a poignant mission … four years after the earthquake. Each of the voices entrances, thanks to Chancy’s beautiful prose and rich themes. This is not to be missed.” - Publishers Weekly.

What Storm, What Thunder is a striking and formidable novel by one of our most brilliant writers and storytellers. Lending her voice to ten survivors whose lives were indelibly altered by the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, Myriam J. A. Chancy’s sublime choral novel not only describes what it was like for her characters before, during, and after that heartrending day, she also powerfully guides us towards further reflection and healing.” - Edwidge Danticat.

“Myriam J. A. Chancy has written a gorgeous and compulsively readable page-turner in the most haunting and stunning prose. This novel is exactly what we need during this time of uncertainty and crisis. What Storm, What Thunder’s characters reveal to us how to bend and not break when facing loss, grief, and displacement ... Absolutely breathtaking!” - Angie Cruz.

The one and the same Angie Cruz there with praise, herself the author of Dominicana, will join Myriam J.A. Chancy in virtual conversation this evening.




What Storm, What Thunder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951142766
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - October 5th, 2021

Dominicana: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250205940
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - August 25th, 2020

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