From the best-selling author of The Dew Breaker, a major work of nonfiction: a powerfully moving family story that centers around the men closest to her heartâ€”her father, Mira, and his older brother, Joseph.
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From the age of four, Edwidge Danticat came to think of her
uncle Joseph, a charismatic pastor, as her Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“second father,Ă˘â‚¬Âť
when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti
for a better life in America. Listening to his sermons,
sharing coconut-flavored ices on their walks through town,
roaming through the house that held together many members of
a colorful extended family, Edwidge grew profoundly attached
to Joseph. He was the man who Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“knew all the verses for love.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
And so she experiences a jumble of emotions when, at twelve,
she joins her parents in New York City. She is at last
reunited with her two youngest brothers, and with her mother
and father, whom she has struggled to remember. But she must
also leave behind Joseph and the only home sheĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s ever known.
Edwidge tells of making a new life in a new country while
fearing for the safety of those still in Haiti as the
political situation deteriorates. But Brother IĂ˘â‚¬â„˘m Dying soon
becomes a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events
beyond their control. Late in 2004, his life threatened by
an angry mob, forced to flee his church, the frail,
eighty-one-year-old Joseph makes his way to Miami, where he
thinks he will be safe. Instead, he is detained by U.S.
Customs, held by the Department of Homeland Security,
brutally imprisoned, and dead within days. It was a story
that made headlines around the world. His brother, Mira,
will soon join him in death, but not before he holds hope in
his arms: EdwidgeĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s firstborn, who will bear his nameĂ˘â‚¬â€ťand
the familyĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s stories, both joyous and tragicĂ˘â‚¬â€ťinto the next
Told with tremendous feeling, this is a true-life epic on an
intimate scale: a deeply affecting story of home and
familyĂ˘â‚¬â€ťof two menĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s lives and deaths, and of a daughterĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s
great love for them both.
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