Myriam J. A. Chancy

Cindy Seip

Myriam J. A. Chancy is a Haitian-Canadian-American writer and the author of the novels The Loneliness of Angels, The Scorpion’s Claw, and Spirit of Haiti. She also wrote Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women, Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile, and From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, a trilogy of literary criticism focusing on Caribbean women writers. What Storm, What Thunder: A Novel (Tin House Books) recounts the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake from Haiti still hasn’t recovered. Opening at the end of a long, sweltering day, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Port-au-Prince, leaving desolation wreaked by both nature and humankind in its wake. We meet Richard, an expat and wealthy water-bottling executive with a secret daughter; Anne, an architect who drafts affordable housing structures for a global NGO; Leopold, a small-time drug trafficker who pines for a call girl; and Ma Lou, the older woman selling produce in the market who remembers them all. In telling their stories, Chancy delivers both a haunting record of heartbreaking trauma and a testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit. Publishers Weekly, called it “extraordinary … lyrical … dazzling. … Each of the voices entrances, thanks to Chancy’s beautiful prose and rich themes. This is not to be missed.”