Edwidge Danticat: Biography

Edwidge Danticat

19 jan 1969

Edwidge Danticat is an award winning novelist of Haitian-American origin who started writing during her adolescence as she found it as a way to avoid unpleasant situations. Edwidge was under the care of her uncle until the age of twelve while her parents stayed in New York.

After moving to U.S, Edwidge completed her studies graduating in French Literature and also received an MFA which helped her writing career. Edwidge has written many books which brought her fame among which ‘Krik? Krak’ was a National Book Award finalist and ‘The Farming of Bones’ was an American Book Award winner.

Edwidge’s other books include, ‘Breath’, ‘Eyes’, ‘Memory’, an Oprah Book Club selection, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work’ and many more. She also wrote a memoir titled, ‘Brother, I’m Dying’ which she dedicated for her uncle who raised her when her parents were in U.S.

Having spent the initial years of her life in Haiti, Edwidge’s works focused mainly on the plight of women and their relationships. Edwidge’s works have received great appreciation. She indeed has received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Most of Edwidge’s books were translated into many languages including Japanese, French, Korean, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.

On the personal front, Edwidge Danticat is married to Fedo Boyer and lives happily in Miami with her husband and two daughters Mira and Leila.