Ayiti fictionally looks into the lives of Haitian emigrants. Stories included in the book, such as that of a woman sleeping with a soldier (and her boarder) from another country, plus a husband and a wife looking for a way into America by boat, does an excellent job in vividly portraying what Haitians can be like.
The book also provides a way to contemplate about just what could propel Haitians to leave Haiti (a poor nation) for America. One tale in the book, for example, paints this unpleasant picture of American tourists as people who are very interested in Haiti for the streetwalkers the country offers – this really makes you think about what kind of country these visitors must come from and in my outlook, it does not paint a very charming picture of America.
Similarly, another tale caricatures a young Haitian girl in America who is perceived by her contemporaries in an educational setup to be the odd one out. Stories like these beg the question of if there is actually any beauty left in the migrant fantasy of life in America; it seems dubious, I think, that the country’s prosperity can promise Haitian emigrants better lives than the ones they left back home in Haiti.