September 2, 2008

EDWIDGE DANTICAT "Brother, I´m dying!"

By Desa Philadelphia

Heartbreaking account of Haitian immigrant coming to terms with her uncle’s cruel fate.

Late in this memoir, acclaimed Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat describes her father’s dismay that the body of his brother—who has died unexpectedly and under deplorable circumstances in Florida—would not be returned to their home in Haiti.

“He shouldn’t be here,” Mr. Danticat (whom everyone calls Mira) protests tearfully. “If our country were ever given a chance and allowed to be a country like any other, none of us would live or die here...” keep reading 

*Desa Philadelphia is a Guyanese journalist and writer who lives in the United States.

Visit this link to read her review of Edwidge Danticat's 'Brother, I'm Dying', published in Paste Magazine in 2007.

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