Myriam J.A. Chancy Talks 'What Storm, What Thunder' And 2010 Haiti Earthquake : NPR's Book of the Day Back in August, Myriam J.A. Chancy was preparing for the release of her novel What Storm, What Thunder when the news broke: a magnitude 7.2 earthquake had hit Haiti. It was a "chilling and bittersweet" moment, she says; her soon-to-be-published book revolved around the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country, and its aftermath. In this episode, she talks to NPR's Scott Simon about the eerie similarities between the two quakes, how her characters speak to how international relief efforts have historically failed Haiti, and what the world can learn from the country's rebuilding efforts.

Myriam J.A. Chancy's historical novel about a Haitian earthquake hits on human truths

Myriam J.A. Chancy's historical novel about a Haitian earthquake hits on human truths

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Back in August, Myriam J.A. Chancy was preparing for the release of her novel What Storm, What Thunder when the news broke: a magnitude 7.2 earthquake had hit Haiti. It was a "chilling and bittersweet" moment, she says; her soon-to-be-published book revolved around the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country, and its aftermath. In this episode, she talks to NPR's Scott Simon about the eerie similarities between the two quakes, how her characters speak to how international relief efforts have historically failed Haiti, and what the world can learn from the country's rebuilding efforts.

Want to learn more?

Find out where to buy Chancy's novel.

Listen to the original interview with Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday.

Read NPR's coverage of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and about the aid efforts after the 2021 quake.

Correction Oct. 11, 2021

A previous version of this story misspelled author Myriam J.A. Chancy's last name as Clancy.