The Dew Breaker

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Edwidge Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light.

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

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

I wanted to like this book. The individual character portrayal were captivating but it felt fragmented. I wasn't clear how the character's stories fit together. By the end I didn't know why I was reading it. Read full review

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User Review  - Karen Davis - Goodreads

I have used this book in Caribbean Humanities classes. As in the stories in Krik? Krak!, Danticat again interweaves a set of short stories that slowly reveal to us, as to the young protagonist, the ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

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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