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The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
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Marisa's rating: 3 stars

Interesting, if not haunting novel by Haitian-American Edwidge Danticat. The plot surrounds the 1937 massacre of 17,000 Haitians living in the Dominican Republic - ordered by the then dictator, Trujillo. The main character, Amabelle, is conflicted as she is forced to leave her love, Sebestien behind to escape back to Haiti. While Amabelle begins the novel as naive, she is forced to see the harsh reality of the world around her - not only when she sees the beatings but also the world after the fact. This book seems to focus on the role of witness and survival - two questions that after a horrible experience can be difficult to understand. Danticat intersperses chapters of Amabelle's vivid and often touching dreams to make the readers aware of her pain and emotion.

This book dealt with a hard topic in a beautiful and respectful manner. I would recommend to anyone interested in this region of the world but also to those who value petting and folk-style language.

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