I remember reading Edwidge Danticat’s “Breath, Eyes, Memory” right after graduating from college. It had just been named one of Oprah’s Book Club Picks, and it really spoke to me. The mother-daughter issues and the obsessive preoccupation with purity were familiar to me, even though I’m not Haitian and didn’t experience the extreme cultural “testing” that the characters in the book endured. I put Danticat on my “must read everything she writes” list, so now I’m so, so, so excited she’s written a young adult novel.
“Untwine” by Edwidge Danticat
A haunting and mesmerizing story about sisterhood, family, love, and loss by literary luminary Edwidge Danticat.
Giselle Boyer and her identical twin, Isabelle, are as close as sisters can be, even as their family seems to be unraveling. Then the Boyers are caught in a car crash that will shatter everyone’s world forever.
Giselle wakes up in the hospital, injured and unable to speak or move. Trapped in the prison of her own body, Giselle must revisit her past in order to understand how the people closest to her–her friends, her parents, and above all, Isabelle, her twin–have shaped and defined her. Will she allow her love for her family and friends to lead her to recovery? Or will she remain lost in a spiral of longing and regret?
Untwine is a spellbinding tale, lyrical and filled with love, mystery, humor, and heartbreak. Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat brings her extraordinary talent to this graceful and unflinching examination of the bonds of friendship, romance, family, the horrors of loss, and the strength we must discover in ourselves when all seems hopeless.