Breath, Eyes, Memory, Volume 16

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Soho Press, 1994 - Fiction - 234 pages
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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.

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At times uniquely personal, at times broad, historical, and mythic, but always compelling, Danticat really hits a homerun on her first try. When I picked Breath, Eyes, and Memory up I had no idea what ... Read full review

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One of the main reasons I was attracted to reading this book was the cultural roots and the importance of family. Overall, this was a lovely book. It is not written in a fancy out-of-this-world ... Read full review


Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27

Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 15
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35

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About the author (1994)

Edwidge Danticat was nominated for the National Book Award in 1995 for her story collection,Krik? Krak!Her first novel,Breath, Eyes, Memory, was published to acclaim when she was twenty-five.

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