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Dessalines is capriciously beaten and finally killed by Macoute soldiers during Sophie's trip to Haiti with her infant daughter in Section Three.

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Illiterate for much of Sophie's childhood, Atie is taught to read by Louise shortly before the latter's unceremonious departure. He is kind to Martine, though he does not deeply understand her, as symbolized by his ability to sleep like a log during most of her nightmares.

The characters and plot are interesting, but the narrative style doesn't evoke the emotional response that would seem appropriate to the action. I enjoyed The Farming of Bones more than this and would recommend that if you have not yet read anything by Edwidge Danticat.

In simple, lyrical prose enriched by an elegiac tone and piquant observations, she makes Sophie's confusion and guilt, her difficult assimilation into American culture and her eventual emotional liberation palpably clear.

She is calm, quiet and sleeps peacefully, signs that perhaps she has not inherited the insomnia and nightmares of her mother and grandmother.

The book's strength lies in the rarity of its Haitian viewpoint, a voice seldom heard in American literature. Though Louise teaches the adult Atie to read and write, she remains a troubling influence, implicated in Atie's night wanderings and her increasing alcoholism. 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.

Buki is an Ethiopian college student who was ritually genitally mutilated by her grandmother as a girl.

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Marc is a stocky, well-dressed Haitian lawyer, in love with his mother's cooking and by his own full name, Marc Jolibois Francis Legrand Moravien Chevalier the last word meaning knight. Yet Sophie's relentless and honest examination of herself and her inheritance has perhaps paid off: her daughter, Brigitte, is strong and implacable, suggesting both Caco courage and a break with the more destructive patterns of her maternal line. Where women return to their children as butterflies or as tears in the eyes of the statues that their daughters pray to. Sophie's mother leaves Haiti to find work in the States, and Sopie soon follows, growing up troubled in New York until she exorcises her demons in a Santeria ceremony. This one gets 2. Lotus is a pretty, gossipy and self-important woman whom Donald chose to marry, breaking his engagement with Atie. In a couple of short chapters, Sophie arrives in New York, meets her mother, makes the acquaintance of her mother's new boyfriend, Marc, and discovers that she was the product of a rape when her mother was a teenager in Haiti. His post as teacher at the local school distinguishes him in the community as a man with a profession. Read an in-depth analysis of Martine. From Library Journal Told from the viewpoint of a young Haitian American, this novel concentrates on relationships between generations of women, both in Haiti and in the United States. Danticat does this so well. Davina is a middle-aged Chicana who was raped by her grandfather as a girl over a period of ten years.

Danticat is herself a year-old Haitian American who, like the novel's narrator, came to the United States in her early teens to join her family.

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Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat