Brother, I'm Dying
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I thought most about "absence" on a few levels after finishing it. The literal absence of her parents and extended family at different periods of her life due to political strife and economic necessity. The unjustified absence of faith by...more
First of all, the book is really well written. Very simple language, but powerful. Characters, situations, feelings come across.
This was a book for...more
I don't know if I should recommend this book out of order from the other ones, or possibly if this should be the starting p...more
This book is yet another reason why we should be very angry and should really work for change in whatever way we can.
This is a very intimate book. By the end, you feel as though you should be coming over with food for the family. I had always known bits and pieces about Haitian history from my years studying the French language, but now I real...more
Edwidge and her brother were left with their uncle Joseph, a pastor in Haiti, while her parents emigrated from Haiti to New York to find a better life. Several years later, her parents, who had had two more children in the meantime, came back to Haiti to get the children. This is Edwidge’s story about the always continuing unrest in Haiti, and her move to the United Sta...more
So I didn't read much...more
Starred Review. In a single day in 2004, Danticat (_Breath, Eyes, Memory_; The Farming of Bones) learns that she's pregnant and that her father, André, is dying—a stirring constellation of events that frames this Haitian immigrant family's story, rife with premature departures and painful silences. When Danticat was two, André left Haiti for the U.S., and her mother followed when Danticat was four. The author and her brother could not join their parents for eight years, d
Danticat has an easy style. I found it refreshing after reading and listening t...more
It’s more the story of what happened after the author was left beh...more
Snapshot: In this memoir, Haitian American novelist Edwidge Danticat tells of the lives and deaths of her father and his brother, who raised her in Haiti until she was 12 years old. She narrates her fond memories of these men, but this is no sentimental family story: necessarily she tells also of the horrible political events, the trying illnesses, and the personal regret that fill these men’s lives as one settles in the United States and the other stays behind in Haiti until he...more
The beginning of this book made me tear up on the subway, and the ending made me shiver. Danticat writes about her childhood separation from her parents — they moved to the United States while she and her brother stayed in Haiti — their eventual reunion, her father's illness and death, and her uncle's ill-fated attempt to gain asylum in America with language whose matter-of-factness and precision become a perfect conduit for love, fear, regret, and outrage. It's impos...more
"I found out I was pregnant the same day that my father’s rapid weight loss and chronic shortness of breath were positively diagnosed as end-stage pulmonary fibrosis."This sentence let me know that the book was going to be about life, death and family relationships. It's also about the immigrant experience, Haitian political violence and cruel actions of ICE*.
*Immigration and Customs Enforcement
I was emotionally drawn into the story, and s...more
Eight years is a long time, especially in a child's life. Joseph and Denise, were surrogate parents to Edwid...more
Truly, jumping around and describing Haiti like she did, was mind boggling to this outsider. I see from other reviews, I'm the mini...more
Edwidge Danticat's father and uncle chose very different paths: the former struggled to make a new life for himself in America, while the latter remained in the homeland he paradoxically loved. In following their lives and their impact on future generations, Danticat's powerful family memoir explores how the private and the political, the past and the present, intersect. The most poignant section focuses on Joseph's tragic trip to the United States at age 81, but Danticat also tells a wider stor...more
, the polit...more