The Loneliness of Angels

The Loneliness of Angels Offering a richly nuanced portrayal placing Haiti in a global context as a place of ethnic and cultural complexity this novel explores the role of spirituality in Caribbean life and culture Told thro

  • Title: The Loneliness of Angels
  • Author: Myriam J.A. Chancy
  • ISBN: 9781845231224
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Offering a richly nuanced portrayal placing Haiti in a global context as a place of ethnic and cultural complexity, this novel explores the role of spirituality in Caribbean life and culture Told through multiple voices in a nonlinear fashion, the narrative unfolds through the perspectives of a Haitian Syrian merchant, Ruth, who recounts her young adulthood and final daysOffering a richly nuanced portrayal placing Haiti in a global context as a place of ethnic and cultural complexity, this novel explores the role of spirituality in Caribbean life and culture Told through multiple voices in a nonlinear fashion, the narrative unfolds through the perspectives of a Haitian Syrian merchant, Ruth, who recounts her young adulthood and final days as she intuits her imminent death Catherine, a professional pianist living in Paris who travels home to Haiti upon hearing of her Aunt Ruth s murder Rose, Catherine s mother, an empath, who is believed to have committed suicide in Canadian exile in reaction to the worst years of the Duvalier regime Romulus, a once famous Konpa singer and an addict, who, released by rebels from a Port au Prince jail searches for his redemption and Elsie, an Irish, working class seer who emigrates to Haiti in 1847 in search of a new mystic who will guide them all Traversing the terrains of Port au Prince middle class life, working class French Canada, expatriate Paris, the peat bogs of famine stricken Ireland, and tracing lives that cross boundaries of time and place, this is a deeply absorbing portrayal of a fragmented community whose deepest connections lie in a shared sense of spirituality.

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  • Myriam J.A. Chancy

    Myriam J A Chancy was born in Port au Prince, Haiti She published two academic texts, _Searching for Safe Spaces Afro Caribbean Women Writers in Exile_ Framing Silence Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women in 1997 Searching was awarded an OAB Award from Choice, the journal of the American Library Association in 1999 and Framing Silence, the first comprehensive study of Haitian women s literature has been foundational in establishing the field.In 2003, her first novel, _Spirit of Haiti_ was published in London, England it was short listed for the Canada Caribbean Region First Novel Award of the Commonwealth Writer s Prize in 2004 on a long list which included Ramabai Espinet and Margaret Atwood.In 2005, her second novel _The Scorpion s Claw_ was published by Peepal Tree Press in Leeds, England it enjoys some success and is taught in numerous schools in the US, the Caribbean and the UK It received the distinction of being selected to be placed, along with works by other contemporary Caribbean authors, in high school libraries across Guyana in 2007.

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  • **Winner** Guyana Prize in Literature, Caribbean Award, Best Fiction 2010, awarded Sept. 1, 2011 from the hands of the President of the Republic, Dr. Jagdeo, in Georgetown, Guyana. Judges: Stewart Brown, Funso Aiyejina & Rawle Gibbons.L.O.A. was also shortlisted in the Fiction category of the OCM Bocas Prize in Caribbean Literature, Spring 2011 and was on the longlist with 10 other books, including books by Nobel Laureates, Derek Walcott and V. S. Naipaul, as well as Kamau Brathwaite, and Ed [...]


  • This is an intense and mesmerising read. Not being familiar with things Haitian, I also found it endlessly fascinating in regard to history, culture and revolution. The interior and external struggles of the characters are very human and engaging. All in all, I found this to be a very compelling story.


  • I've read several articles by Chancy and am very familiar with Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women, so I feel like I "know" Chancy's academic writing, and I really appreciate it, even those rare times when I don't agree with her analysis. It's pretty good stuff.I've been curious about her fiction writing for a while, but never got around to reading any of it. A few months ago I heard Chancy read two beautiful passages from this book and decided to order it. Parts of the story [...]



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