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
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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
"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 ...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
With this memoir, Danticat manages to take her family's tragedy along with Haiti's ongoing political turmoil and magnificently pair it with her journey into moth ...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
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
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
The more powerful thread revolves around the uncle - Joseph a pastor. He stays in Haiti, has cancer of the larynx and loses his voice box, is faced with the numerous changes of government, corruption, gang wars and international peace efforts. In the end when ...more
There are plenty of books a person dives into knowing some essential characters in the story will not make it to the end, yet still they go on because they wish to know their story. They wish to go through their journey with them, perhaps to get an idea of what it felt like. When the ...more
In this story, Danticat reveals her early life in Haiti, living with her Uncle Joseph and his wife while her parents live in America, working to eventually afford to bring her to live with them. In a sense, she has two fathers; two good, honest men who love her and cherish her. So it stands to reason ...more
After grave political turmoil, separation from her parents and later the aunt and uncle who cared for her in her formative years, Danticat tells an amazing story of an enduring family bond and the immigrant experience in the US. This isn't a happy feel good story, but you don't walk away from it depressed or angry. It's far too compelling for those emotions. You will feel deep sadness at times, like her parents leaving for the US without her and her ...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
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