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Breath, Eyes, Memory | [Edwidge Danticat]

Breath, Eyes, Memory

Twelve-year-old Sophie Caco is removed from her impoverished Haitian village and sent to live in New York with her mother, a woman she barely knows. There she learns about a terrible truth that shadows her family. With the Oprah's Book Club Selection Breath, Eyes, Memory, Danticat contemplates the paradoxical coexistence of sublime beauty and terrible suffering in her homeland.
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Publisher's Summary

Twelve-year-old Sophie Caco is removed from her impoverished Haitian village and sent to live in New York with her mother, a woman she barely knows. There, she learns about a terrible truth that shadows her family.

With the Oprah's Book Club Selection Breath, Eyes, Memory, Danticat contemplates the paradoxical coexistence of sublime beauty and terrible suffering in her homeland.

©1998 Edwidge Danticat; (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"In simple, lyrical prose enriched by an elegiac tone and piquant observations, [Danticat] makes Sophie's confusion and guilt, her difficult assimilation into American culture and her eventual emotional liberation palpably clear." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ann Miami, FL, United States 07-29-12
    Ann Miami, FL, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent story but narrator ruined it for me"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book is excellent, Edwidge Danticat is a great story teller. I wouldn't recommend the audio book if you are Haitian, been to Haiti, speak Creole or know Haitians because the narrators accent is all wrong.


    What didn’t you like about Robin Miles’s performance?

    Her accent was all wrong, it was like she was trying to have a Jamaican accent maybe, she didn't know how to pronounce Haitian Creole words and that kept me from enjoying the audio version. I had to finish on my Kindle.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SJ 09-20-10
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    "Engaging"

    This audible book was wonderful -I listened over several weeks during my short day trips to sites that I work. I did not want this story to end. It was beautifully read and written. I wanted to save her mother for her and was a little surprised by the dramatic ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 11-01-07
    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 11-01-07
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    This was a good book, but it jumped around a bit from one point of the woman's life to another. I had to rewind a few times to get to where I could understand what part of the woman's life I was in. A bit confusing.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Burien, WA, United States 11-09-13
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    "Emotional Struggle Leaving Much to Consider"
    Where does Breath, Eyes, Memory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Breath Eyes Memory is narrated very well, with a reader who speaks in all accents and with the correct amount of struggle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Beautiful imagery, brilliantly narrated.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time listener, very satisfied with the pictures she paints.


    Who was the most memorable character of Breath, Eyes, Memory and why?

    Sophie and Auntie


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