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3.00014197058573 out of 53.00014197058573 out of 53.00014197058573 out of 53.00014197058573 out of 53.00014197058573 out of 5 3.00 (11,763 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edwidge Danticat Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781501974540
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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 twelve, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vibrant, magic…wraps readers into the haunting life of a young Haitian girl.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Danticat’s calm clarity of vision takes on the resonance of folk art…Extraordinarily successful.”

    New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/20/2014

    " A powerful tale that spotlights the injury inflicted on young girls in the name of cultural traditions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 saferia | 2/19/2014

    " A moving, and at times disturbing, look at a Haitian immigrant's experience adjusting to life in America, and to living with her estranged mother. A very interesting view of an alternate immigrant experience, quite different from images we see on the news or read in the newspaper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 marymurtz | 2/15/2014

    " This reminded me of the book Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid. But damn, this was a depressing one! The writing was vivid and the story was somewhat compelling, but mostly I just drudged through it to get it over with so I could take the book back to the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Anderson | 2/8/2014

    " This novel is full of love and pain between mothers and daughters of Haitian descent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 2/8/2014

    " It starts off a bit slow but the suspense is woeth the haunting climax and ending. Lyrical, illuminating not only the view of Haiti from the perspective of a child, but the relationship between a mother and daughter, sister to sister and a family of women from one special girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guyo | 1/23/2014

    " her recollection was vivid "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/23/2014

    " I copied the following from Laureen's review: "This book really shows a relationship of a daughter and a mother. Sometimes we have to accept each other even for the worse." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georg1991 | 1/20/2014

    " I thought this book captured the immigrant experience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pita | 1/20/2014

    " I read this too Meg, and even though it was a little slow, I liked it. Very different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariana | 12/13/2013

    " I had to read this book for a class once. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Salaita | 12/11/2013

    " Not bad. The writing is sullen at times, but the story is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devoynne | 10/24/2013

    " to be read, shared, and read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly Giddens | 9/6/2013

    " This book was well written and incredibly moving. Sophie's story and experiences in Haiti are things I never knew before. I loved the way her story was told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 5/23/2013

    " As I read the first few chapters, they were so familiar that I had the feeling I had read this book before. I suspect I started it when house sitting in Tucson, but I don't think I finished it the first time. It's really a quick read, and very satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Lamers | 4/22/2013

    " I enjoyed this one until about two-thirds of the way through when it slowed down. I've liked her other books, so this one is probably worth another try. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jade | 2/15/2013

    " I couldn't begin to tell you the point of this book. It was really difficult to understand what characters were even saying to each other at times. I basically just finished it as soon as I could to complete my reading for the week. I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karyn | 1/8/2013

    " This book was really sad in my eyes. However, it did like it. Fair warning, it is not for the faint of heart. Sexual abuse is a big part of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Miller | 8/16/2012

    " Very simply and powerfully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 6/11/2012

    " This was an easy read for me. It kept my attention and I was actually interested in what happened to the characters. I really wish I knew more about the mother and her perspective. It was just okay. I wanted more answers from the ending, but we do not always get what we want. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 5/25/2012

    " Good book, nicely written. Somewhat hard to read at times (as far as gut wrenching, not difficult) but touches on many important women's topics. Liked the characters, liked learning more about a place I have never been. The descriptions really came alive for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Leaf | 2/25/2012

    " Her books always remind me of the gentle resilience people have in the face of a lifetime of adversity. Things don't have to be presented in terms of drama and resistance and yet manages to break your heart... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen Lelaidier | 1/9/2012

    " It's an Oprah Book! Loved it. About a childhood in Haiti and the adolescent move to NYC with a overlay of shameful cultural practices that effect everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 5/2/2011

    " Interesting book about mother daughter relationships. Basically depressing. I had a hard time liking the ending, but I guess it was fitting. I enjoyed other books by her much more. Contains references to "testing" for virginity, but nothing terribly graphic.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 3/25/2011

    " Enjpyed this one, wish I had read it sooner and gone to see her speak @ the Just Buffalo book discussion @ Kleinhan's 2 weeks ago...Enjoyed the generational and immigrant differences in life. Descriptive and easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 3/13/2011

    " i really enjoyed this one. quick read. good story from start to finish. about an abused girl from a line of abused women and finding her way to "freedom" or being healed and wanting to break the cycle of abuse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/1/2011

    " I read this back when I was following the Oprah book club selections more faithfully than I do now. I believe it is Haitian writer Danticat's first book, and tells the story of her people's suffering and courage. A very timely book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/26/2011

    " Good book, nicely written. Somewhat hard to read at times (as far as gut wrenching, not difficult) but touches on many important women's topics. Liked the characters, liked learning more about a place I have never been. The descriptions really came alive for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denice | 2/22/2011

    " Loved this. Captivating from the first sentence. Beautiful prose that flew off the page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/17/2011

    " Easy read, tough story. The relationship of the women across 4 generations and the pain they endure from each other and from the society in which they live is sometimes searing. Still the love they have for each other is never in doubt. "

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About the Author
Author Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Miami.

About the Narrator

Robin Miles began her audiobook narration in 1994 covering many different genres and has won twenty-six AudioFile Earphones awards. In 2014 she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in the Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction category. Her film and television credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in Theater Studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.