New Book: Katia D. Ulysse’s “Mouths Don’t Speak”

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Mouths Don’t Speak, a new novel by Katia D. Ulysse, was published this month (January 2018, Akashic Press). There will be a book launch tomorrow, January 20, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00pm at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland.

It will also be presented on February 7, 2018, 7:30-9:30pm, at Greenlight Prospect Lefferts Garden (located at 632 Flatbush Avenue) in Brooklyn, New York.

Description: No one was prepared for the massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, taking over a quarter-million lives, and leaving millions of others homeless. Three thousand miles away, Jacqueline Florestant mourns the presumed death of her parents, while her husband, a former US Marine and combat veteran, cares for their three-year-old daughter as he fights his own battles with acute PTSD.

Horrified and guilt-ridden, Jacqueline returns to Haiti in search of the proverbial “closure.” Unfortunately, the Haiti she left as a child twenty-five years earlier has disappeared. Her quest turns into a tornado of deception, desperation, and more death. So Jacqueline holds tightly to her daughter—the only one who must not die.

KATIA D. ULYSSE is a fiction writer, born in Haiti. Her short stories, essays, and Pushcart Prize–nominated poetry appear in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including: The Caribbean Writer, Smartish Pace, Phoebe, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism; Mozayik, The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, and Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat. She has taught in Baltimore public schools for thirteen years, and served as Goucher College’s Spring 2017 Kratz Writer in Residence. Drifting, a collection of short stories, drew high praise from literary critics. She is currently at work on another short story collection. Mouths Don’t Speak is her latest novel.

For more information, see http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/mouths-dont-speak/

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