In her stunning literary debut, Danticat evokes the wonder, terror, and heartache of her native Haiti - and the enduring strength of Haiti's women - with vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people's suffering and courage.
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.
|Publication date:||7th March 1996|
|Publisher:||Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
she delicately tiptoes with poetic intent...brief, lyrical, disturbing novel... - MAIL ON SUNDAY
Stuffed with folk wisdom with a sprinkling of urban angst... a vision of female solidarity which transcends place and time. - SUNDAY TIMES*
Extraordinary... a young and genuinely fresh voice. - TIME OUT*
A first novel of precious humanity which mingles past and present, the horrors and delights of Haiti, in a quiet and dignified prose that would be impressive in a writer twice her age. - INDEPENDENT
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.More About Edwidge Danticat