Edwidge Danticat on Her Caribbean Immigrant Experience

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In “Edwidge Danticat on Her Caribbean Immigrant Experience,” Danticat discusses her short story “Without Inspection” with Deborah Treisman (The New Yorker). Read the story and listen to her podcast at The New Yorker. Here are excerpts of Treisman’s interview of the author:

Your story in this week’s issue, “Without Inspection,” is a love story of sorts, between two undocumented immigrants from Haiti, who have travelled to Miami by boat. Are their stories completely invented, or do they draw on the stories of real people who have made that journey?

This is indeed a love story, but it’s about more than romantic love. When I first moved to Miami from New York, about sixteen years ago, among the recurring news items that often caught my attention was one about boats coming ashore filled with people from either Cuba or Haiti. The Cubans were considered political refugees and…

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