'A vision of female solidarity which transcends place and time' Sunday Times: Edwidge Danticat's groundbreaking debut.
At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished Haitian village to New York to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child shouldever 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 her stunning literary debut, Danticat evokes the wonder, terror, and heartache of her native Haiti - and the enduring strength of Haiti's women - with vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people's suffering and courage.
Author Bio:Edwidge Danticat's collection of interlinked stories, KRIK? KRAK!, was shortlisted for the National Book Award in the US. She was also one of GRANTA's Best Young American Novelists.This evocative story is told through the eyes of Sophie, who was raised by her aunt when her mother left Haiti to find work in America. The author draws on the rich landscape of memory of the folklore and violent politics of Haiti.
Review:A first novel of precious humanity which mingles past and present, the horrors and delights of Haiti, in a quiet and dignified prose that would be impressive in a writer twice her age.
Extraordinary... a young and genuinely fresh voice.
TIME OUT **
Stuffed with folk wisdom with a sprinkling of urban angst... a vision of female solidarity which transcends place and time.
SUNDAY TIMES **
she delicately tiptoes with poetic intent...brief, lyrical, disturbing novel...
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- Edwidge Danticat
- United Kingdom
- Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- Publication Date
- 07 Mar 1996
- Dewey Code
- 813.54 (edition:20)
- Media Format
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