The Farming of Bones

The Farming of Bones

A Novel

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"It is 1937 and Amabelle Désir, a young Haitian woman living in the Dominican Republic, has built herself a life as the servant and companion of the wife of a wealthy colonel. She and Sebastian, a cane worker, are deeply in love and plan to marry. But Amabelle's world collapses when a wave of genocidal violence, driven by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, leads to the slaughter of Haitian workers. Amabelle and Sebastian are separated, and she desperately flees the tide of violence for a Haiti she barely remembers. Already acknowledged as a classic, this harrowing story of love and survival--from one of the most important voices of her generation--is an unforgettable memorial to the victims of the Parsley Massacre and a testimony to the power of human memory"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, Inc., [2013]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9781616953492
Branch Call Number: FICTION DANTICAT 2013
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 21 cm


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A young Haitian woman working as a servant in the Dominican Republic must return to the country she barely remembers to escape a wave of genocidal violence, driven by Dominican dictator Trujillo.

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Jul 18, 2014

I picked this up after reading Julia Alvarez's excellent "In the Time of the Butterflies," which is about life in the Dominican Republic under the brutal (and quietly U.S.-supported) Rafael Trujillo. Danticant Is a Haitian author and this story is set during the Trujillo ordered massacre of 1,000s of Haitians, often called the "Parsley" Massacre. Also, see "Feast of the Goat" and "The Autumn of the Patriarch."


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