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Breath, Eyes, Memory (Turtleback School & Library)
Breath, Eyes, Memory (Turtleback School & Library) | Edwidge Danticat
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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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BBowling
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“I come from a place where breath, eyes and memory are one, a place from which you carry your past like the hair on the head. Where women return to their children as butterflies or as tears in the eyes of the statue that their daughters pray to.” This beautiful story about Haiti and the love and connection between mothers and daughters. The love and bond of generations. The beauty and harsh realities of Haiti are well told.

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I‘m excited to be participating in the #ReadAroundTheWorld challenge again this year!! January‘s country is #Haiti- and so I found this book that has been languishing on my TBR shelves for almost a decade! It‘s a sad but fascinating read - and one that I think would be a good choice for book clubs or discussion groups! There‘s a lot crammed into this book that is less than 250 pages!

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Billypar
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The story of a Haitian girl's transition from being raised by her aunt in Haiti to reuninification with her mother in the U.S. would be enough for an entire novel. But as Danticat's MC grows up, she also confronts a disturbing core of traumas experienced by generations of women in her family, through tense and emotionally laden familial dialogue. The pace felt a little static at times, but what characters these were: finely drawn and memorable.

GatheringBooks sounds heartbreaking in all its terse delivery, seems like. 2y
Billypar @GatheringBooks Definitely heartbreaking 💔 2y
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shawnmooney
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Suet624 Oh dear. 2y
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lauralovesbooks1
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Danticat's writing about mothers and daughters, grief and love, shame and tenderness is exquisite. #readathon

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shawnmooney
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TrishB 😟 2y
LeahBergen 😬😬😬 2y
Caterina 😨😨😨 2y
Suet624 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Kangaj1
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Also saw her speak this weekend. I did not love this book when I read it, but I am encouraged to try her others.

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shawnmooney
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DeborahSmall ❤️ 2y
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Their Maker, she said, gives them the sky to carry because they are strong. These people do not know who who they are, but if you see a lot of trouble in your life, it is because you were chosen to carry part of the sky on your head.

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BrotherBenedict
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One beautiful book-long question about pain, generation by generation. Existential and folkloric, heartbreaking. You immediately see what all the fuss was about when Danticat arrived on the scene.

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I bailed on reading Eye of the World on my Kindle and ordered a physical copy. It's just too long and my other library loans will expire! I started Mudbound last night. Today I finished The Hotzone and started Breath, Eyes, Memory. Busy reading days! I'm thinking this one will count for both Haiti and New York in my personal book challenge.

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merelybookish
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CrowCAH I see 👁 several covers with the word eyes!!! 2y
LeahBergen I‘ve read two of these (Their Eyes Were Watching God is still TBR 😬). 2y
merelybookish @LeahBergen Same here! Hope to get to it eventually. 2y
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batsy @merelybookish @LeahBergen Me three! Also yet to read any of Toni Morrison's fiction 😳 2y
merelybookish @batsy @LeahBergen If I were less lazy, I'd suggest a buddy read. 😁 2y
Cathythoughts The Bluest Eye is coming up soon for me ✨ 2y
LeahBergen @batsy Beloved is my favourite of hers. 👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen @merelybookish Yeah... me, too. 😂😂 2y
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I took these four wonderful books down from the shelves behind my desk yesterday morning. I wonder: should I mail them to the White House as a gift? What reaction would such a (forgive me) teaching moment elicit?

Dolly He‘d never see them. I wonder how long it‘s been since he‘s read a book cover to cover. Maybe never seeing books are full of OTHER people‘s thoughts. Forgive my ranting, it‘s the head cold talking. 2y
melbeautyandbooks I don‘t think he can read. Did I say that out loud? Yes I did. 😢 2y
Lindy Send them to someone who will actually read them. I understand your impulse, however, which seems much like that of Yann Martel and his long project sending books to 🇨🇦 Prime Minister Harper. 2y
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vivastory
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Half Price Books #bookhaul (under $15).

Laalaleighh I want that third one. 2y
vivastory @Laalaleighh It's been on my TBR for awhile. It's only$5 on Kindle 2y
Laalaleighh Alas I don't E-read but I do know all the good book discount sites... off to find it! 2y
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maximoffs I want the third one too!!!! @Laalaleighh you're my book twin 2y
Laalaleighh @steverogers btw I love that you changed your name to a Refrigerator Monologues character. I feel like I won a book picking prize 💁🏼 (edited) 2y
maximoffs @Laalaleighh you win all the prizes! 2y
Laalaleighh @steverogers ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ 2y
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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Beautiful! Haunting, painfully honest, sad. And yet, still beautiful! Wonderfully talented author!
Book #20 of my #twentybooksofsummer I started more than 3 weeks late and finished this very late at night but I finished all 20 books + 10 others during the challenge time. Whew!

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batsy
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#Debut novel by the brilliant Danticat. Among the Haitians in this book, there is a yearning for a shared African past--in this case, Guinea. In the #afterlife, Guinea represents the symbolic place where the women of the protagonist's family hope to meet each other again. Many Haitians are descended from Guineans who were forcibly brought in as slaves by the French and Spanish. #JuneBookBugs #junetunz @RealLifeReading @Cinfhen

saresmoore It's stuff like this I'm talking about that would make an incredible reading list! 3y
quirkyreader I love the cover to this edition. 3y
Billypar I really like what I've read of her but I'm not sure what I haven't picked this one up yet. Need to remedy that soon... 3y
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batsy @quirkyreader It's lovely, isn't it @Billypar @saresmoore I need to read more of her too. 3y
Cinfhen I know I've read this author before 🤔just can't recall which book?!! 3y
batsy @Cinfhen She's quite prolific! 😀 The other one I've read is this 3y
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Canadian.Reads
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🌟🌟🌟. 5/5 this was a quick read which was perfect to get me out of my reading slump. Sophie spends her childhood with her Tante Atie in Haiti until her mother in New York sends for her. Vividly written the novel gives a window to Haitian national identity, experiences with diaspora, and explores mother-daughter relationships and how they affect self identity and expression. I will be reading more by Danticat, really enjoyed this one.

Lindy Great review: I like knowing that it's quick and vivid; engaging enough to get you out of a slump; and also so good that you'll read more by Danticat (an author I also admire). (edited) 3y
Canadian.Reads @Lindy you're too kind! Really enjoyed the article, amazing she has tracked all of the books she has read for so long. 3y
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Ubookquitous
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#immigrantsong #rockinmay. - I M surprised by how many of these I own ...

Cinfhen Book you tagged sounds good! So glad you posted and shared 💗 3y
Ubookquitous Love Edwidge Danticat - wonderful language, powerful stories of the Haitian immigrant experience 3y
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Library book sale haul!!!!! 💯💯💯💯💯💯🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🎖🎖🎖

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Susanita
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I found a few books at the used book store. I also dropped a pen behind my bookcase and had to take everything off to move it.

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ApoptyGina69
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My #readingbuddy Ms. BeBop stole my spot on the couch! I am enjoying this book on my kindle app by Edwidge Danticat, as I do all her work, and learning about Haiti. #currentread #petsoflitsy.

DebinHawaii Sleepy sweetness! 🐶❤️ 3y
Dragon 😻 3y
SharonGoforth 🐶🐶 3y
queerbookreader Aww sleepy puppy is so cute 😍😍😍 thank you for tagging me!! 3y
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Reading this for my #kuyh #HaveBooksWillTravel book group challenge

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EchoLogical
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Just finished "B" and moving onto "C" for the #LitsyAtoZ challenge... Not exactly sure how I feel about it.

It hit me right in the gut... Not sure if it was the book as a whole or the atrocities both experienced and inflicted by multiple generations of women in this book.

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Hestapleton Just turned in a grad paper on this one today. Loved it to pieces. ❤️❤️ 3y
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RealLifeReading
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#photoadaynov16 day 11: published in the 1990s
Today I discovered that it isn't easy finding books on my shelves that were published in the 1990s. And it is even more difficult finding 1990s books on my kids' shelves, which has its share of classics and contemporary kidlit. But the 90s did produce these gems.
I bought the Kureishi 2ndhand in England, but it has a receipt fr a San Francisco bookstore inside. So it has in a way returned home 😀

Reviewsbylola I thought I would find more 90s books on my shelves too. 3y
Procrastireader Oh, The Sparrow is brilliant! I gave it to a bunch of people. 3y
RealLifeReading @Reviewsbylola maybe the 90s wasn't the best of times for publishing! 3y
RealLifeReading @Procrastireader I love it but have yet to read any of her other books 3y
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jdtchicago
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Love is like the rain. It comes in a drizzle sometimes. Then it starts pouring and if you're not careful it will drown you.

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kmbezner
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Saturday flea market finds!

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RealLifeReading
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There are just so many amazing #womenwriters out there. I took this photo of some of my favourites but left out so many more like Jo Walton, Zadie Smith, Wang Anyi, Hilary Mantel, Cynthia Kadohata, Jen Sookfong Lee, Ruth Ozeki, Dodie Smith....Are any of these your favourites too? #somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

Jessicaswebster So hard to leave out any of them! 3y
ReadingEnvy Nnedi was on my list too; Adichie and Le Guin should have been! 3y
TheCanuckReader I'm new to Litsy. Where can I find the #septphotochallenge list? 3y
RealLifeReading @ReadingEnvy they're all awesome! 3y
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Alytrue
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#somethingforsept. I have to credit Book Riot podcast for broadening my reading choices. The first time I heard Rebecca and Jeff talk about diversity, I was challenged (and not a little defensive) about the books I read. I have since found some real gems! Continue to preach it, Book Riot!

Julsmarshall Thanks for expanding my reading life! 3y
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When my mother passed away, I read this passage at her funeral because it spoke to me and the relationship we shared. I will always love my mother and I will always love this book. The quote starts with "I come from a place..." and ends with "Yes, my mother was like me."

thecurioushedgehog I swear my grandmother returns to me as a butterfly, and has done for the past 7 years. This quote is beautiful 4y
Trav Beautiful ❤️ 4y
the_book_wench @thecurioushedgehog I have no doubt our loved ones come back to us in some capacities. My mother is with me every day, as are the other family members I have lost. @Trav I think it is beautiful too. 4y
Eastbriar Lovely quote 💛 4y
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the_book_wench
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A good, strong novel. One I find to extremely important in the study of womanhood and relationships between women. When my mother passed away, I quoted this novel because it spoke to me on such a profound level. I read this for school and will read it many more times.

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