Brother, I'm Dying

Brother, I'm Dying

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In a personal memoir, the author describes her relationships with the two men closest to her--her father and his brother, Joseph, a charismatic pastor with whom she lived after her parents emigrated from Haiti to the United States.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008, c2007
Edition: 1st Vintage books ed
ISBN: 9781400034307
1400034302
Branch Call Number: PS3554.A5815 Z46 2008
PS3554.A5815 Z46 2008x
813.54 Danticat
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 21 cm
Uniform Title: Brother, I am dying

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From the age of four, 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 a better life in America. When she joins her parents in NYC at the age of 12, she leaves behind everything she's ever known, to join a ... Read More »

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Elizabeth Blake Mar 30, 2020

In a personal memoir, the author describes her relationships with the two men closest to her--her father and his brother, Joseph, a charismatic pastor with whom she lived after her parents emigrated from Haiti to the United States.


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uncommonreader
Jul 13, 2016

This is an excellent family memoir about the author's father and uncle who raised her and her brother as children in Haiti. It is well-written, thoughtful and loving. The tragedy that happened to Danticat's uncle says much about immigration and racism in the US.

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JessRB
Sep 05, 2014

This is the author's story about her life growing up in Haiti under the care of her uncle (her parents had immigrated to the US but weren't able to have her and her brother live with them at that point), her uncle's health issues, the extreme unrest in the country, and her dad's health issues which eventually led to his death. It is a sad book, but I enjoyed reading it, and I think that there is a lot to learn from it about immigration, politics, culture, healthcare, etc

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1tarheel
Dec 31, 2013

Remarkable story-telling with an ending that makes even a cynic sad. I'm grateful for this deep look in to Haiti, and its relationship with the US. We have a long way to go....

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