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Edwidge Danticat

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Edwidge Danticat

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Fiction, Women's Studies

Perspective and Narrator

Breath, Eyes, Memory uses the first-person perspective.


Breath, Eyes, Memory is told in the past tense.

About the Title

When Sophie considers the importance of Haitian culture and tradition in her life, she says, "I come from a place where breath, eyes, and memory are one." The title Breath, Eyes, Memory suggests memory, or recalling the past, is just as essential to life and to identity as breathing or seeing. The novel describes the importance of memory in Sophie's healing and reconciliations.


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