The Dew Breaker

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Vintage Books, 2004 - Fiction - 244 pages
255 Reviews
We meet him late in life: a quiet man, a good father and husband, a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, a landlord and barber with a terrifying scar across his face. As the book unfolds, moving seamlessly between Haiti in the 1960s and New York City today, we enter the lives of those around him, and learn that he has also kept a vital, dangerous secret. Edwidge Danticat’s brilliant exploration of the “dew breaker”--or torturer--s an unforgettable story of love, remorse, and hope; of personal and political rebellions; and of the compromises we make to move beyond the most intimate brushes with history. It firmly establishes her as one of America’s most essential writers.

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Great writing, excellent storytelling. - Goodreads
Also (and i think therefore) the ending was abrupt. - Goodreads
Loved the characterization. - Goodreads
... not enough character development. - Goodreads
Edwidge Danticat is a wonderful writer. - Goodreads
It's a mystery of sorts with strong female character. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Carly - Goodreads

Great writing, excellent storytelling. Bittersweet, enjoyable, heartbreaking. Read full review

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User Review  - Leah Pi - Goodreads

The writing quality was lovely, and there were many nice vignettes. However, I had a hard time pulling together all the pieces in the end. I felt like I needed to reread the book to really see how everything fits together, and I'm not willing to put in that much time. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; and The Farming of the Bones, an American Book Award winner. She is also the editor of The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures.

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