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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by Edwidge Danticat
"Robin Miles is the perfect narrator for this moving, morally complex novel about 12-year-old Sophie, raised in a stunningly poor village in Haiti by her aunt and grandmother, who is sent to New York to live with her mother whom she barely remembers. Danticat brilliantly realizes the contrasts Sophie must make sense of, the beauty and deprivation, safety and danger of Haiti, the love and harm that descends through generations of her matriarchal family, the culture and mores of native-born African-Americans versus the Haitian traditions of her mother's generation. Miles captures the shades of difference among these cultures and generations and, above all, the distinctive Haitian Creole accent of Sophie's world. Her work is sympathetic and skillful, a match for Danticat's ultimately harrowing novel. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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