Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Let's travel to Haiti!
Our next book for April 2008 is Breathe, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat. Here's a brief description of her book:
A distinctive new voice with a sensitive insight into Haitian culture distinguishes this graceful debut novel about a young girl's coming of age under difficult circumstances. The burden of being a woman in Haiti, where purity and chastity are a matter of family honor, and where "nightmares are passed on through generations like heirlooms," is Danticat's theme.
Born after her mother Martine was raped, Sophie is raised by her Tante Atie in a small town in Haiti. At 12 she joins Martine in New York, while Atie returns to her native village to care for indomitable Grandmother Ife. Neither Sophie nor Martine can escape the weight of the past, resulting in a pattern of insomnia, bulimia, sexual trauma and mental anguish that afflicts both of their lives.
Join our discussion on Sunday April 27, 2008 at 2pm at Cafe Reverie on 848 Cole Street! Don't forget purchasing your book at BookSmith (near our next venue) to get a 10% discount.