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Brother, I'm Dying

Brother, I'm Dying

by Edwidge Danticat

'It's not easy to start over in a new place,' he said. 'Exile is not for everyone. Someone has to stay behind, to receive the letters and greet family members when they come back.'


Edwidge Danticat. Photo by Jonathan Demme.

Edwidge Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying tells the true story of the author's uncle and father as they work to build a future for themselves and their families—one brother in Haiti and the other in America. When the book opens, the author is a grown woman living in Miami, and she learns, over the course of a single day, that her father is dying and that she is pregnant with her first child. Just weeks later, her beloved Uncle Joseph seeks asylum in the United States and experiences brutal treatment. Told through Danticat's singular voice, these events set the stage for a powerful tale of loss and remembrance.

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