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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 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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Amazing Narrator

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.

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With a great deal of cultural significance

From an outsiders perspective, there is a lot of Haitian familial culture to be gleaned.

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Loved it

This book was very powerful and full of insight. The reader did an awesome job bring the characters in the story to life.

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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.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 04-30-16

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.

5 of 16 people found this review helpful