Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

When her mother leaves Haiti to find work in the US, Sophie is raised by her aunt. Their parting, years later, when her mother sends for her, is as wrenching as the reunion in New York. Though she barely knows her mother they both carry secrets from their homeland that will haunt them forever.

Buy Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780349106823
ISBN-10: 0349106827
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 128mm x 17mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 7-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

US Kirkus Review » Sexual traumas link a Haitian mother and her daughter in this wonderfully self-assured debut by 24-year-old Haitian-American Danticat. The world of Sophie Caco, her beloved guardian Tante Atie, and her grandmother IfC the matriarch of this peasant family, is bounded by the sugar-cane fields of rural Haiti. When 12-year-old Sophie is summoned to New York to live with the family provider, Maxine, the mother she cannot remember, she is dismayed. Maxine is perpetually tired after her nursing-home double-shift; she lives alone and dates a lawyer called Marc. She also tells Sophie that she is the product of a rape; a stranger forced himself on Maxine in a sugar-cane field. Seeing her daughter again has revived memories of the rape, and Maxine is suffering constant nightmares. Six years later, Sophie, who has never had a boyfriend, falls in love with their much older next-door neighbor Joseph, a black American jazz musician. Maxine follows a Haitian tradition and checks regularly to make sure Sophie is still a virgin. Horrified by this violation of her body, Sophie deflowers herself with a pestle and elopes with Joseph, enduring sex because she now hates her body, though her baby Brigitte is a consolation. Slowly, through her family's sheltering love on a return visit to Haiti and the new-world ministrations of her therapist, Sophie comes to understand her mother ("I knew my hurt and hers were links in a long chain"), but it's too late: Maxine, pregnant by Marc and racked by nightmares again, dies during a crude self-abortion. Danticat keeps graceful control of this difficult material while adroitly sketching the larger political context and making both peasants and pediatricians equally convincing. An impressive first outing. (Kirkus Reviews)

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Breath, Eyes, Memory book by Edwidge Danticat and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 under the dicatatorial Duvalier regime. Her award-winning short stories, was nominated for the 1995 National Book Award. She has been chosen as one of the New Yorker magazine's '20 Young Writers for the 21st Century.

Books By Edwidge Danticat

Art of Death by Edwidge Danticat
Paperback / softback, July 2017
Hadriana in All My Dreams by Edwidge Danticat
Paperback / softback, May 2017
Untwine by Edwidge Danticat
Hardback, January 2017
Mama's Nightingale by Edwidge Danticat
Hardback, January 2017