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The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
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Jun 30, 11

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Haitians who live in the Dominican Republic, farmers cutting sugar cane, women servants, loyal to their masters...Amabelle, one of those women, her parents drowned in the river, taken as an orphan to befriend and serve Senora Valencia, the wife of an army colonel who honors and fights for Generalissimo Trujillo, president of the republic. Amabelle loves a sugar cane cutter. The Dominican soldiers and civilians make war upon the Haitians. In the Great Massacre, Amabelle's love of her life dies, along with his sister. Amabelle survives, only to count and recount the miseries of death, her parents, her lover, her friends... "Misery won't touch you gentle. It always leaves its thumbprints on you; sometimes it leaves them for others to see, sometimes for nobody but you to know of." Amabelle's present story is intertwined with memories of old. Her nightmares are her scars, and the wounds Amabelle bore during the massacre are the scars that continually hurt. This is a captivating story of life during war.

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