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Edwidge Danticat

Biography

Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including BROTHER, I'M DYING, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; BREATH, EYES, MEMORY, an Oprah Book Club selection; KRIK? KRAK!, a National Book Award finalist; THE FARMING OF BONES, an American Book Award winner; and THE DEW BREAKER, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Miami.

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Edwidge Danticat

Books by Edwidge Danticat

by Edwidge Danticat

When she was four, Edwidge Danticat's mother left Haiti to join her father who had gone to New York two years earlier, leaving her and her younger brother, Bob, in the care of her father's brother, Joseph.

by Edwidge Danticat

The Farming of Bones begins in 1937 in a village on the Dominican side of the river that separates the country from Haiti. Amabelle Desir and her lover Sebastien decide they will marry and return to Haiti at the end of the cane season. However, Generalissimo Trujillo who calls for an ethnic cleansing of his Spanish-speaking country.

by Edwidge Danticat

The questions, discussion topics, author biography, and interview that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory. We hope they will bring to life the many themes with which Danticat builds her story of a young Haitian woman's coming to terms with her country, her mother, and her own identity. Danticat's heroine is Sophie Caco, who has spent a happy childhood in rural Haiti with her grandmother and her beloved aunt Atie, who raised her as her own child. Sophie's mother, Martine, lives in New York City and supports the family with the money she sends home. When Sophie is twelve years old, Martine sends for her, and Sophie must leave the only home and family she knows and begin a new life in a strange country with a mother she hardly remembers. As Sophie overcomes her initial fears and becomes closer to her mother, she learns that Martine has for many years been tormented by memories of the anonymous man--Sophie's father--who violently raped her when she was a teenager.