Brother, I'm Dying

ISBN-10: 1400041155
ISBN-13: 9781400041152
Edition: 2007
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Description: From the best-selling author ofThe Dew Breaker,a major work of nonfiction: a powerfully moving family story that centers around the men closest to her hearther father, Mira, and his older brother, Joseph. From the age of four, Edwidge Danticat came  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/4/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

From the best-selling author ofThe Dew Breaker,a major work of nonfiction: a powerfully moving family story that centers around the men closest to her hearther 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.ButBrother I'm Dyingsoon 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 nameand the family's stories, both joyous and tragicinto the next generation. Told with tremendous feeling, this is a true-life epic on an intimate scale: a deeply affecting story of home and familyof two men's lives and deaths, and of a daughter's great love for them both.

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and came to America at age twelve to live with her parents in Brooklyn. She studied French literature at Barnard College and received her M.F.A. from Brown University. Her work has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), her first novel and master's thesis, garnered Danticat a Granta Regional Award for Best Young American Novelist and was chosen as an Oprah Book Club selection, a singular honor. Her collection of short stories Krik? Krak! (1995) was nominated for the National Book Award. Along with awards for fiction from Seventeen and Essence and the 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize, Danticat was chosen by Harper's Bazaar as "one of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference," and by the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 Under 30" people to watch. Her second novel, The Farming of Bones (1998), concerns a massacre in Haiti in 1937.

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