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Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
In Brother, I'm Dying, Edwidge Danticat tells the story of two brothers, the two men who raised her: her father, Mira, and her uncle, Joseph. When she was 2, her father left Haiti to find a better life for his family in the United States. Two years later, her mother left to join him, leaving Edwidge and her brother in the care of their Uncle Joseph. Her father sent money and letters back to Haiti, but Joseph was determined to eke out a life in Haiti, becoming pastor of his own church. When she was 12, Edwidge and her brother joined their parents in New York City. Violence in Haiti and the burning of his church finally drove Joseph out of Haiti, barely escaping with his life. He made his way to Miami, but he was imprisoned by the Department of Homeland Security, fell ill, and died. Soon after, Mira is diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, dies soon after, and is buried next to his brother in New York City. Brother, I'm Dying has received positive reviews with the Boston Globe saying, "Danticat is such an elegant writer, her prose so free of showy flourishes, that her words can seem deceptively simple. She has the confidence to allow the story to tell itself, and find its own pace. Emotional, but never mawkish, Brother, I'm Dying is a stellar achievement from a writer whose stunning talents continue to soar and amaze."