This novel explores the role of spirituality in Caribbean life and culture. Told through multiple voices in a nonlinear fashion, the narrative unfolds through the perpectives of a Haitian-Syrian mercharnt, Ruth, who recounts her young adulthood and final days as she intuits her imminent death, Catherine, Rose and Romulus.
Myriam J. A. Chancy's first novel "Spirit of Haiti" was shortlisted in the Best First Book Category for the Commonwealth Prize 2004; she is also the author of "The Scorpion's Claw" and two scholarly works including, "Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels" by Haitian Women. She is currently Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.