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 12, 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.
©2015 Edwidge Danticat (P)2015 Recorded Books
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The narrator made the experience even better. Her use of different accents and languages, as well as tones and volume when the story demanded a change dragged me into the story. I'm not one to listen to audio books much but this was definitely worthwhile.
This book was very powerful and full of insight. The reader did an awesome job bring the characters in the story to life.
"Not my favorite"
While learning a little of Haitian history was interesting it needed a lot more. The narrator did a great job of bringing the characters to life but the story seemed unbelievable. The characters relationships with each other lacked a realistic depth and focused too much on one issue.
"Great Writing, OK Story"
I enjoyed the writing of in this book, but I wanted more depth. It begins strong and I expected a strong emotional build that just didn’t happen. The book largely deals with processing a traumatic event of adolescence, which was mildly interesting, but the limited character development and narrowness of the story did not fulfill the high expectations the excellent prose inspires. This is a good book, with very good narration, but I really wanted a lot more emotional depth.
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