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Danticat, Edwidge. Brother, I'm dying.

DANTICAT, Edwidge. Brother, I'm dying. Random House, Vintage. 269p. illus, c2007. 9781-4000-3430-7. $14.95. SA

To quote the review of the audiobook in KLIATT, January 2008: This is a personal story of the author's childhood and her two "fathers"--her natural father and her Uncle Joseph. She lived with her uncle from the time she was four, when her parents left Haiti for America. When she finally was reunited with her birth family at 12 and met her two younger brothers in America, she was happy but disoriented. In 2004, her uncle came to Miami to escape political persecution; but instead of finding freedom, he was imprisoned by US Customs and the Department of Homeland Security and, at the age of 81, died. Shortly thereafter, his brother, Danticat's father, also died. The inhumane treatment her uncle received became the subject of many news stories, in part because of Danticat's reputation as an author. This story is beautifully written and captures the environment of Haiti and the world of Haitian culture, whether it exists in Haiti or the US, as well as the political issues. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL
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Author:Theiss, Nola
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Date:Nov 1, 2008
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