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Brother, I'm Dying

Danticat, Edwidge (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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From the best-selling author of The Dew Breaker, a major work of nonfiction: a powerfully moving family story that centers around the men closest to her heart--her father, Mira, and his older brother, Joseph. From the age of four, Edwidge Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph, a charismatic pastor, as her "second father," when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti for a better life in America. Listening to his sermons, sharing coconut-flavored ices on their walks through town, roaming through the house that held together many members of a colorful extended family, Edwidge grew profoundly attached to Joseph. He was the man who "knew all the verses for love." And so she experiences a jumble of emotions when, at twelve, she joins her parents in New York City. She is at last reunited with her two youngest brothers, and with her mother and father, whom she has struggled to remember. But she must also leave behind Joseph and the only home she's ever known. Edwidge tells of making a new life in a new country while fearing for the safety of those still in Haiti as the political situation deteriorates. But Brother I'm Dying soon becomes a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. Late in 2004, his life threatened by an angry mob, forced to flee his church, the frail, eighty-one-year-old Joseph makes his way to Miami, where he thinks he will be safe. Instead, he is detained by U.S. Customs, held by the Department of Homeland Security, brutally imprisoned, and dead within days. It was a story that made headlines around the world. His brother, Mira, will soon join him in death, but not before he holds hope in his arms: Edwidge's firstborn, who will bear his name--and the family's stories, both joyous and tragic--into the next generation. Told with tremendous feeling, this is a true-life epic on an intimate scale: 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.
Authors: Danticat, Edwidge, 1969-
Title: Brother, I'm dying
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: x, 272 p. ;,22 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. He is my brother
Have you enjoyed your life?
Brother, I'm dying
What did the white man say?
Heartstrings, shoestrings
We're all dying
Good-bye
Giving birth
The return
One papa happy, one papa sad
Gypsy
pt. 2. For adversity
Brother, I can speak
The angel of death and Father God
You're not a policeman
Brother, I leave you with a heavy heart
Beating the darkness
Hell
Limbo
No greater shame
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Tomorrow
Afflictions
Let the stars fall
Brother, I'll see you soon
Transition.
Local Note: Accelerated Reader AR 69 10120
Alternate Title: Brother, I am dying
ISBN: 1400041155
9781400041152
Statement of Responsibility: Edwidge Danticat
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.9 12.0 Quiz: 120109.
Subject Headings: Haiti Social conditions 20th century. Emigration and immigration. Uncles Haiti. Authors, American 20th century Biography. Danticat, Edwidge, 1969- Family.
Genre/Form: Autobiography.
Topical Term: Emigration and immigration.
Uncles
Authors, American
LCCN: 2007006887
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Dec 31, 2013
  • 1tarheel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Remarkable story-telling with an ending that makes even a cynic sad. I'm grateful for this deep look in to Haiti, and its relationship with the US. We have a long way to go....

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