Caribbean,  contemporary,  short stories

REVIEW: Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat

Title: Everything Inside: Stories
Author: Edwidge Danticat
Type: Fiction
Published: 2020.
Pages: 240
Publisher: Quercus Books

“I am too easily swayed by every story I hear, or see, or witness, especially the tragic ones,” she said. “I think this is going to be the story of my life. I’m going to be the girl who is too easily swayed by other people’s stories.”

I am not a huge fan of short stories collections, mostly because I cannot switch characters and settings that fast and usually just when I start getting in the story, it seems to end. Nonetheless, I was really interested in this particular collection because it was Reese’s BC pick for August 2020 and I do tend to like most of her book picks.

And I have to admit I am not sorry I decided to give it a try. With eight stories in total, I did like most of them. They were little fragments of lives of women from Haiti and Caribbean, exploring their relations with their family, friends and lovers, but also telling the story about their roots, their homeland and their diasporic lives. Only the last story was written from a pov of a man, and even though it was so sad and served as a perfect ending to the collection, I did find it a bit not synced with the rest of them. Hard moments and difficulties in lives were handled gently, and you can see that this book was written with so much love. Life and death, parents growing old, postpartum depression and dealing with a life with AIDS are just some of the themes these stories are handling. But there is so much more in each of them, and I really hope you will read it to discover all the layers of it.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher Quercus books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange of my honest opinion.

MY GR RATING: 4 stars

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