The reader meets three narrators in Lyonel Trouillot’s book Streets of the Lost Steps (University of Nebraska Press, $20). One of them runs a house of prostitution, the other drives a taxi, while a third is mail delivery person. Each have a clear voice, and though they come from different backgrounds, they have resilience in common as they live in a bleak, tragedy-filled environment, where oppression is the rule.
Trouillot who is a very able novelist, having written another Haitian Book Selection Children of Heroes, is a master of the written word, and a great craftor of language. A cliche phrase in describing novelists, we know, but trust us on it.