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The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat
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Dec 22, 2009

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Read in December, 2009

A high school friend is a Dandicat devotée, but this was my first foray into literary Haiti. Dandicat creates a web of tales that spiral towards a central character, one of the "dew breakers," or volunteer torturers of Papa Doc's regime. I have a bad speed-reading habit, so I didn't know that the stories were connected until about 3/4 of the way through! Dandicat skips through place, time and voice, bringing vignettes to the surface but obscures the majority of the rich history and context that these stories illuminate. I'd read up on Hatian history before diving into this book - it's certainly well written but it can be confusing for someone not up to speed on the background.

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