First Person Fiction: Behind the Mountains

First Person Fiction: Behind the Mountains

by Edwidge Danticat
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Behind the Mountains 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CarthJ More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Edwidge Danticat books. I read this book when I was a young teen. Being Haitian American, I was not always proud being Haitian. This book changed that. I also became an instant Edwidge Danticat fan. I recommend this book to any young Haitian American girl. It gives a whole new outlook on the Haitian and Haitian American culture.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Behind the Mountains is Edwidge Danticat¿s endeavor into young adult fiction. Danticat, renowned for her adult works such as ¿The Farming of Bones,¿ ¿Krik? Krak!¿ and ¿Breath, Eyes, Memory,¿ is a Haitian-American author who writes with incredible beauty and poise. While Behind the Mountains is not as enchanting as her other works, it is an important story of a young girl, Celiane, growing up in present-day Haiti. The political unrest in her nation leads her family to be split apart, and eventually, Celiane moves to America. This novel, told in journal-entry form, chronicles her feelings and experiences during this tumultuous time. The history of Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, is incredibly violent and devastating, and you may have to be prepared to explain this to young readers during their reading of the book (read ¿The Farming of Bones¿ for a more detailed account). It is an excellent and appropriate book for children as young as fifth grade. Celiane is a relatable character and the story is quite moving. Danticat is one of my favorite authors, and I highly recommend this as well as her other books.