Edwidge Danticat is a Haitian American author born January 19, 1969 in Port- au- Prince Haiti. Danticat began her writing career at age 9 while in Haiti and at age 12 she immigrated to New York after her parents. Danticat's work heavily speaks to her Haitian roots and expands on her plight as a Haitian girl/woman adjusting to acculturation in America. Danticat published her first novel at age 25, entitled Breath, Eyes, Memory. Soon after New York Times named her one of the 30 artists under 30 "likely to change the culture of the next 30 years."Today, Danticat has an assortment of works which speaks on themes of womanhood, sexuality, genocide, rape culture, and much more.
"At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti--to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence, in a novel that bears witness to the traditions, suffering, and wisdom of an entire people."