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‘A vision of female solidarity which transcends place and time’ Sunday Times: Edwidge Danticat’s groundbreaking debut.

At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished Haitian village to New York to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child shouldever 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 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.

Reviews

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
Extraordinary... a young and genuinely fresh voice.
TIME OUT **
Stuffed with folk wisdom with a sprinkling of urban angst... a vision of female solidarity which transcends place and time.
SUNDAY TIMES **
she delicately tiptoes with poetic intent...brief, lyrical, disturbing novel...
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