Written by Yanick Lahens | Translated by Emily Gogolak
Deep Vellum
2017 - August
Written by Yanick Lahens
Translated by Emily Gogolak
Foreword by Russel Banks

French Voices Award in 2015!

The award-winning saga of a peasant family living in a small Haitian village, told through four generations of voices, recounting through stories of tradition and superstition, voodoo and the new gods, romance and violence, the lives of the women who struggled to hold the family together in an ever-shifting landscape of political turmoil and economic suffering.

About the author: Awarded the Prix Femina in 2014 and Winner of a French Voices Award 2016 for her novel Moon bath, Yanick Lahens is a Haitian Francophone writer, novelist, teacher, and lecturer. Lahens plays an active role in the development of her country's culture.

She will be in NY this Fall, meet her at the Brooklyn Book Festival, at the Maison française NYU and at Albertine!

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“In the Haitian tradition of the rural novel […] Yanick Lahens’ Moonbath establishes itself by its grand and lucid beauty.” — Le Point

“Lahens’s ambitious fresco of twentieth-century Haiti through the eyes of peasants depicts the first generation with Romain-like incision.” — Robert H. McCormick Jr, World Literature Today

“Lahens is the most important living female Haitian author in French.” — Christiane Makward

“A novel of violent beauty.” — Le Monde

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