I wanted to like this. I’ve been looking for another voice out of Haiti since I’ve pretty much devoured all of Danticat. There are sparks here, moments of flair with the writing and an occasional insight. Overall, though, this book falls flat. There was no problem with selecting the immediate aftermath of the recent earthquake, but I am not sure that focusing on the Haitian president, his wife and her lover was ever going to yield a good novel. From that premise, Leger does what he can – moving backwards and forwards, from the UN to the emergency camps established in the wake of the earthquake. But the dialogue is wooden, the minor characters underdeveloped, and the prose itself is extremely uneven.

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