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When her mother leaves Haiti to find work in the US, Sophie is raised by her aunt. Their parting, years later, when her mother sends for her, is as wrenching as the reunion in New York. Though she barely knows her mother they both carry secrets from their homeland that will haunt them forever.
Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 under the dicatatorial Duvalier regime. Her award-winning short stories, was nominated for the 1995 National Book Award. She has been chosen as one of the New Yorker magazine's '20 Young Writers for the 21st Century.