Breath, Eyes, Memory

Front Cover
Vintage Books, 1998 - Fiction - 236 pages
982 Reviews
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.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
275
4 stars
342
3 stars
252
2 stars
90
1 star
23

Wonderful, honest writing. - Goodreads
... this book was hard to read in that is very sad. - Goodreads
Stunning story and prose. - Goodreads
The story telling is beautiful. - Goodreads
It was a heartbreaking story without a happy ending. - Goodreads
The imagery was wonderful. - Goodreads

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

Review: Breath, Eyes, Memory

User Review  - Shanna - Goodreads

I did not enjoy this book at all. The writing was very choppy and the storyline seemed very disconnected. Like several others that posted reviews, I did not connect with any of the characters. I had ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
18
Section 3
22
Section 4
26
Section 5
32
Section 6
39
Section 7
50
Section 8
57
Section 19
127
Section 20
131
Section 21
134
Section 22
144
Section 23
147
Section 24
158
Section 25
163
Section 26
166

Section 9
65
Section 10
77
Section 11
82
Section 12
86
Section 13
93
Section 14
102
Section 15
106
Section 16
112
Section 17
114
Section 18
120
Section 27
172
Section 28
177
Section 29
188
Section 30
194
Section 31
201
Section 32
206
Section 33
212
Section 34
218
Section 35
222
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1998)

Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1969. Her parents emigrated to New York when she was a small child, while she and her brother remained in Haiti, where they were raised by an aunt and uncle. At the age of twelve she moved to Brooklyn to be with her parents.


Danticat began writing as a teenager, and her essays and stories have appeared in many periodicals. She received a degree in French literature from Barnard College and an MFA in writing from Brown University. At Brown she completed work on Breath, Eyes, Memory, which she had begun as an undergraduate, and the novel was published in 1994. After finishing her master's degree, Danticat worked in Clinica Estetico, the production office of film director Jonathan Demme, who has a consuming interest in Haiti. She read and wrote scripts and continues to monitor and occasionally protest American policy in Haiti. In late 1994, Danticat returned to Haiti for the first time in thirteen years, to see President Aristide restored to power.

Danticat is the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship and awards from Seventeen magazine and from Essence. She is also the author of a collection of Haitian stories, Krik? Krak!, which was a National Book Award finalist, and the novel, The Farming of Bones (1998). She lives in New York City.

Bibliographic information