Breath, Eyes, Memory
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 Haiti's women--with a vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people's... show more
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 Haiti's women--with a vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people's 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.
Publish date: May 31st 1998
Pages no: 234
Edition language: English
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, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, African American
, Coming Of Age
This book is about purity culture and the sexual abuse and dysfunction that are embedded within it, within the context of a Haitian family. It explores how it damages these women and yet they continue to perpetuate it, but if the book attempts to explain why they knowingly inflict it on the next gen...
I finished this book last night and let myself think on it over night before posting a review. First things first, I found this book to be brilliant.I honestly don't know that much about Haiti as a country or a culture. I of course know about the earthquake that struck the country in 2010. It was al...
“The tale is not a tale unless I tell. Let the words bring wings to our feet.”- Edwidge Danticat, “Breath, Eyes, Memory.” My first read for Black History Month, “Breath, Eyes, Memory” is Edwidge Danticat’s first novel and I loved it. This writer introduced me to Haitian literature over a decade ag...
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2013/11/breath-eyes-memory.htmlBreath, Eyes, Memory is a book written in discrete sections. In the first section, we meet Sophie Caco, who is born and raised in Haiti. She has lived with her Aunt Atie since she was a baby when...
I don't command the English language well enough to describe how heart breaking, beautiful, touching, thought provoking, and how well written this book is. It is at once a tale of abuse, healing, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters. It describes the several dual roles that a perso...