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BREATH, EYES, MEMORY

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

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 ... Read full review

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Review: Breath, Eyes, Memory

User Review  - Neil - Goodreads

I was reading this because I was considering teaching it in an intro-level English class. It's a beautiful, lyrical book, that tells of the terrible traumas that work through three (and possibly four ... Read full review

Review: Breath, Eyes, Memory

User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

This book is still a lovely read. While the issues of the Haitian women are still difficult to read about, the prose of Danticat flows beautifully from the page. The men here are either brutes or very ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andie - Goodreads

I was torn between giving this book three stars vs. four. The story told is compelling, but it almost felt as though two different authors were writing the book. Parts of the book were poetic and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Casey - Goodreads

Edwidge is a sorrowfully good writer - haiti's history is full of human tragedy and connection and she gives us both. This book is a tale of a female legacy, meant to protect but causing incalculable harm. A story of how we become our own tormentors in a fight against oppression. Read full review

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Great book. Read full review

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User Review  - Jose Morales - Goodreads

What amazed me of this book is how Danticat used that innocent and pure tone in her narrative to make me feel not like an adult that worries about the wrongs in her world, but as the child himself ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dayton - Goodreads

I highly recommend this beautiful, moving novel about a young Haitian woman and the generations of Haitian women before (and after) her. Every word is filled with so much pain and often a deep and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dlytle - Goodreads

Compelling, well written, and sad. This is a poignant tale of family and cultures, mothers and daughters, and superstitions and traditions. However, there are too many gaps in the story. Major issues ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lizzie - Goodreads

Reviewed when I read it as an e-book from the library. Bought a copy to use for a project. Read full review

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2 stars - 48
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