Brother, I'm Dying
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...more
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
Danticat has an easy style. I found it refreshing after reading and listening t...more
This is a family memoir, and links several story pieces together more cohesively than almost any novel I've read in ages. It's beautifully done. Partly it is about the author's growing up in Haiti at her uncle's house, before moving to the U.S. at twelve to be with her parents (c. 1980). And partly it is a chronicle of the year that her father and uncle died, and in which she gave birth to her first child (c. 2004). Each of these pieces is a worthwhile sto...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
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
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
, the polit...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
It’s more the story of what happened after the author was left beh...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