Breath eyes memory by edwidge danticat

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breath eyes memory by edwidge danticat

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

At an astonishingly young age, Edwidge Danticat has become one of our most celebrated new novelists, a writer who evokes the wonder, terror, and heartache of her native Haiti--and the enduring strength of Haitis women--with a vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her peoples suffering and courage.  

At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti--to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence, in a novel that bears witness to the traditions, suffering, and wisdom of an entire people.
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Breath, Eyes, Memory

Sophie Caco, age twelve, comes home from school in Croix-des-Rosets, Haiti, to the house she shares with her beloved, illiterate aunt Atie. Noting sadness in her aunt, Sophie presents Atie with a handmade Mother's Day card she had been meaning to save. But Atie refuses to take it, insisting that the card belongs to Martine, her sister and Sophie's absent mother. That night, at the konbit potluck dinner, Atie is forced to reveal that Martine has mailed her a plane ticket and instructions to send Sophie to her mother in New York. The gossips are delighted, but Sophie is devastated.

The novel deals with questions of racial , linguistic and gender identity in interconnected ways. Breath, Eyes, Memory was Danticat's first novel, published when she was only twenty-five years old. As she has recounted in interviews, the book began as an essay of her childhood in Haiti and her move as a young girl to New York City. The novel is written in a first person narrative. The narrator, Sophie Caco, relates her direct experiences and impressions from age 12 until she is in her twenties. Sophie is the product of a violent rape and is raised by her loving aunt in a village near Port-au-Prince for 12 years. At this point, Sophie is unexpectedly summoned by her mother, who lives in Brooklyn having gained asylum and immigrated to the United States.

Look Inside. Feb 24, ISBN Jul 01, ISBN There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti—to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence. At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers.

by: Edwidge Danticat See a complete list of the characters in Breath, Eyes, Memory and in-depth analyses of Sophie Caco, Martine Caco, and Atie Caco.
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Edwidge Danticat's book landed on Oprah's Book Club reading list in , four years after this dynamo of a debut novel hit the bookstore shelves. But don't let that scare you. Breath, Eyes, Memory isn't a "pink piece" to be filed under the dreaded category of "Chick Lit. After all, when you hear "chick lit," you think of tamer romance novels: frilly dresses, fancy parties, men with Fabio hair, and moonlit horseback rides next to castles. Instead of all that, Breath, Eyes, Memory has trauma, political upheaval, and the life-warping experience of moving from the Caribbean to the US of A.

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