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Everything Inside

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,909 ratings  ·  649 reviews
From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Brother, I'm Dying, a collection of vividly imagined stories about community, family, and love.

Rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity, set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, Everything Inside is at once wide in scope and intimate, as it explores the forc
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed these stories. They are quiet and careful and every story has a breathtaking moment that is perfectly written. The narrators were particularly interesting, each one grappling with a sense of displacement, of standing apart from the rest of the world. There is also a weariness in many of these stories as women surrender to forces beyond the control. These stories gave me a lot to think about.

Danticat remains one of our finest writers.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding collection of 8 beautifully constructed short stories from Edwidge Danticat, wide ranging in scope, superb in their exploration of the intricate and complex nature of relationships, familial, personal and friendships, of love, loss, grief, trauma and heartbreak. At the heart of the stories are primarily Haitians, in Little Haiti in Florida and in Haiti itself, capturing the nature of being a migrant, the precarious and dangerous position of being part of the boat people, f ...more
Diane S ☔
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
I just adore Danticat and her writing. She zeroes in on those torn between Haiti and their homes in the US. Families and death, scars inside or out, living with what they've seen in the past or experienced in the present when visiting Haiti. Things that have changed their lives, in big or small ways. Emotions they carry inside themselves.

Eight stories and I loved them all. Some were more intense than others, but many seem to hinge on a decision that they either make on the spot or have made in
Michael Finocchiaro
Everything Inside is a beautiful book of 8 short stories about Haïtian people in varying degrees of distress due to violence, diaspora, and broken hearts. Each story is equally poignant talking about displacement for immigrants to Brooklyn and Miami. I grew up in Miami and recall the arrival of boats from Haïti during the two Duvalier regimes (described in the final story "Without Inspection"). I did not live near Little Haïti however and only came into rare contact with these refugees. Neverthe ...more
Anna Luce
4 ½ stars (rounded up because I listened to the audiobook which is brilliantly narrated by Robin Miles)

“The difference between her and them was as stark as the gulf between those who’d escaped a catastrophe unscathed and others who’d been forever mutilated by it.”

This was such a wonderful and poignant collection of short stories.
In a interview on LitHub Edwige Danticat said that one of the reasons why she loves the short story form is that it allows her “to magnify smaller moments and to li
Updated October 2019
Everything Inside is the BookOfCinz Book Club pick for October and the first short stories collection we have ever read. In re-reading this collection I feel in love with all the characters and their stories- definitely a must read!

August 2019
Everything Inside is a strong collection of stories filled with complex characters, all dealing with major issues, trying to navigate life with Haiti being sometimes at the center of the narrative. I am such a fan of Danticat's wri
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I pick up an Edwidge Danticat book to dive deeply into quiet, painful emotions endured bravely and this latest collection delivers on that expectation marvelously. Loss and reconciliation haunt every page, and while not as gut-wrenching as, say, her memoir Brother, I'm Dying, the eight stories presented here all leave you wounded in the best possible way.

Danticat's true genius is in the way she hold back information without it feeling like a gimmick. This technique is at its best in what is per
Anna Avian
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Every short story in this collection depicts a different tragedy, struggle and loss. Most of the characters were forgettable. "Sunrise, Sunset" and "Seven Stories" were the only ones I really liked.
I've said this and I'll say it again: short story collections are usually hit or miss for me. Although I love the genre, I always end up liking some, none, or most of the stories therein. This collection is an exception to the "some, none, and most" rule, as every single story here is a literary achievement.

I've read just about everything Edwidge Danticat has written, from "Krik? Krak!" to "The Dew Breaker" to "Breathe, Eyes, Memory" and everything in between. "Everything Inside"is a wonderful c
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.5 - Nearly perfect.
John Hatley
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book compels me to give it five stars. I enjoyed every single story in the collection. Every story is different, but each of them was impossible to put down, once I had started reading it. Whether sad, happy, funny, or tragic, there is one thing that seemed to me to be present in every story: hope.
Maria Zuppardi
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short story collection is fabulous! I love the writing, and even though this is a short story collection, I felt like I really got to know the characters well enough - nothing felt too short or too open-ended. You can really tell how great a writer is based on how they write a short story, and Edwidge Danticat definitely can write!

My favourite two stories in this collection are Sunrise, Sunset (about a woman dealing Alzheimer’s and not accepting it), and the final story, Without Inspection
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read all of Danticat's book (most memorable being KRIK KRAK and CLAIRE OF THE SEA LIGHT) and been very moved by all, except this one. It has all the same themes: displacement, love, loss, extreme poverty, betrayal, diaspora, political persecution, all told in her uncluttered, cutting-to-the-bone style.
But....but, the characters didn't move me, didn't get under my skin, as in her other books.
I struggle with giving this acclaimed writer only three stars, instead of the full-force of a fiv
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a devotee of Edwidge Danticat since I met her at a workshop for teachers at the Haitian embassy in Washington, DC in the 1990’s. Her writing has power, and grace, and provides deep insight into the experiences of the Haitian Diaspora, as well as into life in Haiti. This is Edwidge Danticat’s first collection of short stories. Seven of the eight stories have been previously published, some in different versions with different titles. Nevertheless, I found this to be a collection in wh ...more
Yelda Basar Moers
This is a beautiful collection of near perfect, if perfect short stories. Contemporary caribbean literature is not a genre that I read, as these stories take place in Haiti and Miami, but I chose to read this book from pure instinct and its cover, knowing that I would connect to the voice and writing of its author. It is not a type of book I would usually read, but it just goes to show that when a book is written with such heartfelt soul and with precision for language and form, miracles happen ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
There was nothing particularly wrong with Everything Inside, but nothing particularly right with it either. It was (and still is) hard to put my finger on, but there was just something of Danticat's typical magic missing from this text. In particular, the endings of many of the stories included in this collection seemed to trail off into vague murmurs as opposed to the intrepid conclusions I'm so used to coming from Danticat.

Though it's difficult to identify favorites in a collection that felt
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Each of the eight stories reminds the reader that Haitians have learned how to live through hard travels in life. The stories are snapshots along the road of living. They tell stories that have a powerful sad main fact of life. This factual way of telling each story lets you see the simple acceptance by all the characters. Every story has some island traditions or tale or song or religious twist that helps explain the underlying strength of their love of their homeland.

1 Dosa
A story of the harsh
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danticat is one of those writers the establishment doesn’t seem to know how to place. Apparently a lot of Haitians don’t see her as a Haitian writer because she writes in English and not in French or Creole, and in the American scene she’s often seen, even if not directly labeled, as an ‘immigrant writer.’ When will we stop choosing this OR that and start saying this AND that? She’s an American writer and an immigrant writer and a Haitian writer. She’s a multi-hyphenate queen. And it all serves ...more
Nov 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn’t realize when I started this book that it was several short stories. Each story was good but this just wasn’t my thing.
thoughts coming shortly
Lindsey Gandhi
The writing is beautiful. Several of the stories I really enjoyed, very powerful and would have loved to see them drawn out into their own novel. A few of the stories I didn't care for as much. Overall it's a lovely book, I'm just not a huge fan of short stories.
Ann Coenen
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book of short stories didn’t really interest me at all. I kept reading but they were just kind of boring to me.
مناقشة الكتاب باللغة العربية في فيديو قريبا
Around the World Project: Haiti

This is a collection of stories of people with of different backgrounds and with different experiences from Haiti, whether they've lived all their lives there, or immigrated, or have never been there and only know about it from their parents. Haiti been through occupation that left it in the poor state it is in now, and it shows from the author's writing, the hope in these stories is very fleeting.

1- Dosas: is about a fail
Never Without a Book
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Writing in beautiful and elegant language, Edwidge Danticat’s new collection, Everything Inside, is an intimate and moving eight-story collection that centers on love, lost, struggles and the experiences of women.

With each story Danticat presents characters and situations that will grip you into another facet of the lives, hopes, dreams, and realities of women in and from Haiti. Her perfect pacing and seamless narrative make each character’s destiny seem inevitable. I promise your heart won’t l
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Danticat effortlessly weaves themes of family, life, death, mental health, and country throughout each story within this collection
And as each story is experienced, the reader themselves feel as if they had just experienced a piece of Haiti, Haitian culture and history themselves

She writes about missed opportunities; broken promises; swindling; loss; devastation, yet is still able to lace these stories with a bit of hope and beauty.

She removes the facades that obscure the darker sides of the peo
Gwenn Mangine
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I preordered this book because I was so anxious to read something new by Danticat. I love the observations she makes on Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora.

I feel the writing is impeccable and deserves 5 stars. That being said, short stories are not my favorite genre. That's just a personal thing because I feel like just as I am starting to relate to the characters, the story is over. I guess I just find myself wanting more. And this was no exception. I wanted to know more about what happened in each
Kasa Cotugno
Only eight stories, but each packs a punch to the heart. I've loved Ms. Danticat's writing ever since reading her memoir, but her fiction is in a class all its own. I've said before that collections usually feature a clunker, but these stories are uniformly powerful and affecting with not a weak link in the chain. Each provides insight into the experience of either first or second generation Haitian refugees, some of which will haunt me in time to come. Highly recommend.
Anika  | Chapters of May
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book of short stories really astounded me with its emotional weight. I expected it to be an immersive read, but each of the tales in Everything Inside surprised me by creating an overwhelmingly beautiful montage of sadness, faith and hope.

The highlight of the stories is the complexities of the characters and the way the author portrays their anxieties, confidences, and qualms. Danticat's writing is so introspective it’s very easy to be drawn into the lives played out on the pages. Each sto
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

I’m not ashamed to admit I’m afraid of death. It’s a fear that’s been bubbling for years, yet over the course of the last 18+ months it’s perpetuated to the point of overflow (and subsequent therapy sessions). I’m no longer young. I’m now at that age where a friend passing is almost as common as that of a parent. What’s more, I’ve had my share of medical issues, even despite being considered relatively healthy. The fact I married a physician, whose expert knowledge is so resonant I’ve
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Short stories and I have never found the best footing in our relationship mostly because of my own discomfort with the genre. I have often wondered why that is. The answer that has surfaced from my hazy consciousness has always been the same - my supposed inadequacy at grasping narratives that leave a lot to the reader’s imagination, that skip past details to arrive at the crux, and that end too soon for me to enjoy an immersive experience. Despite these failings (all mine), I set out to challen ...more
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Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner. She is also the editor of The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States and The Beac ...more

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