Edwidge Danticat was raised by two fathers--by her natural father and by his brother, her uncle Joseph, who became a surrogate father for eight years after her parents emigrated to America. Brother, I'm Dying is the story of her attachment to her uncle Joseph, and the wrenchingly complicated emotions she experienced when, at 12, she finally ...
Edwidge Danticat was raised by two fathers--by her natural father and by his brother, her uncle Joseph, who became a surrogate father for eight years after her parents emigrated to America. Brother, I'm Dying is the story of her attachment to her uncle Joseph, and the wrenchingly complicated emotions she experienced when, at 12, she finally rejoined her parents. it's the story of adapting to a new life while continuing to fear for the safety of those left behind. And it is the story of a life and death: late in 2004, her 81-year-old uncle Joseph was forced to flee to the US where he was detained by Customs, brutally imprisoned, and died within days. His brother, sick and grieving, died soon after, but not before he held Edwidge's first-born, a girl who will bear his name into the next generation. Brother, I'm Dying is a true-life epic on an intimate scale: a tale of family and country, love and sorrow, and the triumph of hope over tragedy.
The "USA is bad" genre gets more play than the opportunity the USA actually, in fact, presented to the family in this work. Nothing was said, for example, in this memoir about the author being able to get an education, develop her obviously great writing talent in this great country, make money and get this book disseminated so widely.
Mar 28, 2010
Haiti less confusing now
I was just finishing this book at the time of the Haiti earthquakes (2010). Of course I had concern for the people of Haiti, but having just read this book helped me look with greater compassion on the plight of the people there. In general, it opened my eyes to the hardships and emotional difficulties of families being torn apart by poverty and immigration. The barriers and downright meanness of bureaucracy were sometimes hard to read. But learning how this family faced hardships and overcame the harsh realities in their lives should be a real inspiration to any reader.
Aug 23, 2007
Brother, I'm Dying
The most powerful book yet from this author. A must read.
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