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Brother, I'm Dying , published in , is Edwidge Danticat 's nonfiction family story that centers around her father, her uncle, and the events that linked them in the last months of their lives. On a single day in , the author discovers she is pregnant with her first child and that her father has end-stage pulmonary fibrosis. Using these events to frame her memoir, Danticat explores her family's troubled history in Haiti and the United States and her experience of having to leave the only home she had ever known. A best-selling novelist, short story writer, and editor, Edwidge Danticat has received numerous literary awards and has been heralded as the voice of Haitian Americans. Like her earlier works, it focuses on the Haitian diaspora, Haitian history, and the Haitian American experience. In this book, Danticat employs a combination of emotion and restraint to weave the political and the personal into a well-crafted memoir.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat. 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 Danticat's heart - her father, Mira, and his older brother, Joseph.

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. She is at last reunited with her two youngest brothers, and with her mother and father, whom she has struggled to remember.

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. Late in , 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. Customs, held by the Department of Homeland Security, brutally imprisoned, and dead within days. It was a story that made headlines around the world. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Brother, I'm Dying , please sign up. I want to get into Danticat. What are the best books of hers to start with? Victoria My first of hers remains my favorite -- "Breath, Eyes, Memory". More recently read "The Dew Breaker", a close second -- I suspect it's hard to go wron …more My first of hers remains my favorite -- "Breath, Eyes, Memory".

More recently read "The Dew Breaker", a close second -- I suspect it's hard to go wrong with her less. See 2 questions about Brother, I'm Dying…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Brother, I'm Dying. Feb 15, Libby rated it really liked it Shelves: family-saga , political , family-relationships , listened-in , audiobook , social-injustice , non-fiction , published-between When Joseph gives up politics, he turns to religion, building his own c 3.

When Joseph gives up politics, he turns to religion, building his own church on his property in Bel Air. Joseph becomes a preacher, his voice becoming the medium of his work for the church.

When Joseph is diagnosed with cancer of the larynx, he is told that he will have to go to America to have the surgery as the doctors in Haiti do not do this type of surgery. After arriving in New York, he has an emergency episode where the tumor in his throat is suffocating him and he is rushed to the hospital with a tracheotomy performed en route. The next day, at age fifty-five, he has a radical laryngectomy.

His voice is gone, but he feels his work in Haiti is not finished and returns to his church and family. In the shoe store, he meets his future wife. They are both twenty-seven years old. After Edwidge and Bob are born, Mira applies for a one-month tourist visa in the US, with the intention of never returning.

Two years later, their mother does the same. It will be eight years before they are reunited with their parents. Danticat weaves back and forth between present-day and the past. In the present, her father, Mira has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, end-stage pulmonary fibrosis. At thirty-five years of age, she discovers that she is pregnant.

Danticat has many emotions about bringing this new life into the world just as her father is dying. In the middle of this, her Uncle Joseph is facing extraordinary circumstances in Haiti. The politics of Haiti, as well as the US treatment of asylum seekers, are threads that Danticat takes up to weave the story of her two fathers. I listened to this as an audiobook narrated by Robin Miles. The narration was clear and easily understood.

I can apply focus to some audiobooks better than others, and this is one that it would have better for me to have read. This has nothing to do with the narration, which was good. View all 12 comments. Mar 21, Aubrey rated it really liked it Shelves: reality-check , authorness , r-goodreads , non-fiction , 4-star , person-of-everything , 1-read-on-hand , reviewed , antidote-think-twice-all , antidote-think-twice-read. Before this book, I thought of Haiti in snippets of earthquake, political unrest, the first successful slave revolution and whatever postcolonial joyrides the country had been taken for thereafter by many an intrusive neighbor.

Her country, for however long a time she has spent outside it, Haiti is where she was born, Before this book, I thought of Haiti in snippets of earthquake, political unrest, the first successful slave revolution and whatever postcolonial joyrides the country had been taken for thereafter by many an intrusive neighbor.

Her country, for however long a time she has spent outside it, Haiti is where she was born, and Haiti is where she would live with kith and kin, if the world would only let her.

Danticat is not here to speak of her country to an extraordinary depth, but the lives of her loved ones makes for a cross section both historical and personal. It is this threat of violence that spurs her father to emigration, and it is the near completion that forces her uncle to jump from frying pan to the final fire. Again, this is a story of Danticat's beloved father and uncle and many other family members, but it is impossible to discuss her family's immigration and refusal to do so without the context.

Up until , papers and passports work out to a serviceable extent, and the pages of this book are spent in recollection of memories both large and small, the losing of her uncle's voice and the accounts of Danticat's first flight from Haiti to the US, all told by different flight attendants, all of them in disagreement. I would say spoiler alert, but the implications of the title and the bluntness of the cover flap beg to differ.

Long story short, Joseph dies, an eighty-one year old man with a number of health issues who could not speak without the aid of technology, incarcerated by a horrifically nonsensical bureaucracy that will never in his lifetime set him free.

This is the US ten years ago, perhaps the US today, the refusal of immigration reform and so many other issues being the imbecility it is. It's amazing how little of this shows up on Wikipedia, as if this abject treatment of Haitian immigrants by the US wasn't worthy of contesting. But not really. So don't read this book for what I've just detailed above, for it is a story too often told in too many a locale.

Rather, read for the immense love Danticat had for her uncle, her father, dying soon after his brother but not until he's held his daughter's first child. Read for all the rest of her family and the words they have given her to share with the rest of us. I know what you like. View 2 comments. Sep 04, Kirby rated it really liked it. Danticat hands you her story and walks away. Her writing style is stark here my first time reading her ; the facts are heavy, but she doesn't tug the reader one way or another or mandate sentiment.

She relays her tale and then she is done. Very effective. I thought most about "absence" on a few levels after finishing it. The literal absence of her parents and extended family at different periods of her life due to political strife and economic necessity. The unjustified absence of faith by Danticat hands you her story and walks away.

The unjustified absence of faith by people in power at crucial moments. The absence of care and courage from people to whom her uncle had given his entire life.

It is not the stuff of rainbows and sunshine, but I didn't walk away hopeless for some reason. It reaffirmed my strong belief in the need for national, high quality health care seriously -- do the empty words "socialized medicine" justify the slow care or no care that people receive in this country?

And it made me call my father Chitty! Dec 21, Leslie Reese rated it it was amazing Shelves: memoir. In the detention center this year-old man had his medication taken from him, and he died there, subsequently.

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And so she was both elated and saddened when, at twelve, she joined her parents and youngest brothers in New York City. As Edwidge made a life in a new country, adjusting to being far away from so many who she loved, she and her family continued to fear for the safety of those still in Haiti as the political situation deteriorated. In , they entered into a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. Brother I'm Dying is an astonishing true-life epic, told on an intimate scale by one of our finest writers. From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. When Danticat was nine, Joseph—a pastor and gifted orator—lost his voice to throat cancer, making their eventual separation that much harder, as he wouldn't be able to talk with the children on the phone. In the end, as Danticat prepares to lose her ailing father and give birth to her daughter, Joseph is threatened by a volatile sociopolitical clash and forced to flee Haiti.

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Joseph Dantica, one of two brothers at the heart of this family memoir, was a remarkable man: a Baptist minister who founded his own church and school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; a survivor of throat cancer who returned to the pulpit using a mechanical voice box; a loyal husband and family man who raised his niece Edwidge Danticat to the age of 12, when she joined her parents in Brooklyn. He intended to return and rebuild his church as soon as the fighting stopped. But to the Department of Homeland Security officers who examined him in Miami, his plea for temporary asylum meant he was simply another unlucky Haitian determined to slip through their fingers. How does a novelist, who trades in events filtered through imagination and memory, recreate an event so recent, so intimate and so outrageous, an attack on her own loyalties and sense of deepest belonging? The story of Joseph Dantica could be, perhaps will be, told in many forms: as a popular ballad performed, in my imagination, by Wyclef Jean ; as Greek tragedy; as agitprop theater; as a bureaucratic nightmare worthy of Kafka.

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Someone has to stay behind, to receive the letters and greet family members when they come back. MacArthur Foundation Fellow Edwidge Danticat was a toddler when her parents moved to Brooklyn for work and safety, leaving her with her aunt and uncle at home in Haiti until she could join her parents in the United States a decade later. Danticat was close with her uncle, a community leader and pastor who chose to remain in Haiti with his congregation. In this poignant memoir — a finalist for the National Book Award — Danticat is now grown and living in Miami, facing the death of her father and the birth of her first child while her uncle and his son are fleeing for their lives from the Haitian government and gang disputes that have destroyed his church. Born in the Haitian countryside, both brothers move to the big city of Port-au-Prince to work and raise families. Many years later, after Edwidge's father marries and begins a family, he decides to immigrate to the United States, while her Uncle Joseph—a community leader and pastor—chooses to remain in Haiti with his congregation. Edwidge, only two years old at the time of her father's departure, is left in the care of her Uncle Joseph and his wife, Tante Denise.

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