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Brother, I'm Dying (Vintage Contemporaries)

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From the age of four, award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph as her “second father,” when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti for America. And so she was both elated and saddened when, at twelve, she joined her parents and youngest brothers in New York City. As Edwidge made a life in a new country, adjusting to being far away from so many who she loved, she and her family continued to fear for the safety of those still in Haiti as the political situation deteriorated.

In 2004, they entered into a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. Brother I'm Dying is an astonishing true-life epic, told on an intimate scale by one of our finest writers.

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“Remarkable....A fierce, haunting book about exile and loss and family love.” The New York Times

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"With a storyteller's magnetic force...[Danticat] gives voice to an attachment too deep for words.” O, The Oprah Magazine

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“Powerful....Danticat employs the charms of a storyteller and the authority of a witness to evoke the political forces and personal sacrifices behind her parents' journey to this country and her uncle's decision to stay behind.” The Washington Post Book World

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“Heartwrenching, intimate....Through the seemingly effortless grace of Danticat's words, a family's tragedy is transformed into a promise of collective hope.” San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of The Dew Breaker comes her first work of nonfiction: a deeply affecting story of home and family, of two men's lives and deaths, and of a daughter's great love for them both.

About the Author

Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the first Story Prize. She lives in Miami with her husband and daughter.

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Bentley, July 22, 2010 (view all comments by Bentley)
This is a beautiful memoir about the lives and deaths of two brothers who are fathers to Danticat. Without being preachy, Danticat also shows us some of the human implications of policy decisions. Very moving and hard to put down. I didn't want to let it go even when I reached the end of the book.
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FBB, January 14, 2010 (view all comments by FBB)
The current disaster in Haiti reminds me of Danticat's "Brother, I'm Dying," a non-fiction memoir of sorts, wherein the author shares the beauty of her native Haiti, along with her memories of its people, her people, not once mukking in the "stereotypical," negative views we Americans [or at least, this one] may hold of that country. Instead Danticat's story is more about love: between a young girl & her country; a daughter with her extended family; and a brother [one still in Haiti, the other in the United States] with his brother. Although the the culmination of these brothers' relationship with one another is terribly sad, the work as a whole provides the reader with many images and memories of a beloved country: of an extended family and their love for one another, and a daughter's [Danticat] love for her uncle and father, and her people. Danticat provides us with an inside look at a UN intervention that treated her native Haiti so very badly, whether intended or not. I highly recommend this book; you will learn so much about Haiti that you may never have known, and you will grow to love Danticat and her family that that will stay with you. I promise.
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Kim Berry, October 30, 2008 (view all comments by Kim Berry)
This was a good book. Edwidge talks about how her parents left Haiti, went to New York, and left her and her brother to be raised by their aunt and uncle. The uncle had some medical problems and he went to New York for medical care and then went back to Haiti. Edwidge's parents birthed two more children in the U.S., allowing them to stay in New York. They eventually sent for Edwidge and her brother to go live in New York with them. The book discusses the conditions of Haiti, which are very poor and sad. She describes the closeness of her family and tells the story of just how difficult it is to leave a country to come to the U.S. It makes you feel very blessed living in the U.S. compared to their living conditions.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400034307
Author:
Danticat, Edwidge
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Native Americans
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Emigration and immigration
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.16 x .85 in .625 lb

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Product details 288 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400034307 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Remarkable....A fierce, haunting book about exile and loss and family love.”
"Review" by , "With a storyteller's magnetic force...[Danticat] gives voice to an attachment too deep for words.”
"Review" by , “Powerful....Danticat employs the charms of a storyteller and the authority of a witness to evoke the political forces and personal sacrifices behind her parents' journey to this country and her uncle's decision to stay behind.”
"Review" by , “Heartwrenching, intimate....Through the seemingly effortless grace of Danticat's words, a family's tragedy is transformed into a promise of collective hope.”
"Synopsis" by , From the award-winning author of The Dew Breaker comes her first work of nonfiction: a deeply affecting story of home and family, of two men's lives and deaths, and of a daughter's great love for them both.
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