Breath, Eyes, Memory is the story of Sophie Caco, a Haitian immigrant to New York City in the company of her mother. Sophie is a child of rape, and her mother is controlling of her emerging sexuality, testing her repeatedly to see if her virginity remains intact. The novel deals with Sophie's many internal struggles and conflicts, and with the cyclical nature of cultural, emotional, and sexual abuse. It follows Sophie into her womanhood and tumultuous marriage and ends with the death of her mother.

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