Brother, I'm Dying

Brother, I'm Dying

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Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph, a charismatic pastor, as her "second father" when she was placed in his care at age four when her parents left Haiti for America. So she experiences a jumble of emotions when, at twelve, she joins her parents in New York City, whom she struggles to remember--she has left behind Joseph and the only home she's ever known. The story of a new life in a new country while fearing for those still in Haiti soon becomes a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. In 2004, his life threatened by a gang, the frail, 81-year-old Joseph makes his way to Miami, where he thinks he will be safe. Instead, he is detained by the Department of Homeland Security, brutally imprisoned, and dead within days. It was a story that made headlines around the world.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400041152
1400041155
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 813.54 DANTICAT 2007
Characteristics: x, 272 pages ; 22 cm

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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


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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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