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Publisher's Summary

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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A MUST read/listen!!!

I was first introduced to this novel 12 years ago as a freshman at Spelman College. This story has so many themes that relate to the lives of all women. A true “page turner.” Each time I read or listen to this novel I gain something. Pass on to your friends! Thank you Danticat and thank you Miles for such a great narration. <3

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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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A book for breath

Truly one of the most well written and well read books I know. A book for all of us daughters knowing we exist through many selves and carry our mothers with us

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Words doing magic

This is an amazing story, beautiful and sad, told in a most evocative manner. The words paint worlds and the narrator helps giving them extra hew and depth. Travel as you listen to different places of experience.

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Profound story of women's sexual journey

Sad and hard topic beautifully handled by the reader. Eloquent voices enchanted. Many times I wanted the story to not be so painful. Truth can be hard to bear. Sigh.

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I struggled to finish it. I was unaware that Haitian women tested their daughters.

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Beautiful story ❤️

This story touches how cultural relativism can sometimes have tremendous effect on an individual of that culture.

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Great read.

Had to read this for a class. Fell in love with this book. This read was funny in some place, sad in others but I enjoyed every second of it.

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Rich and poetic

Edwidge made me feel like my feet were on Haitian soil and like my eyes could see all that she imparted.

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Absolutely terrible. Read for a class and cannot get thoes hours back for my life. Maybe if I wasn't forced it would be different but this was kinda messed up.