The Dew Breaker

The Dew Breaker

Large Print - 2004
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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-is 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. Book jacket.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : RB Large Print, 2004.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781419303586
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT FICTION Danticat Edwidge 2004
Characteristics: 257 p. (large print) ;,25 cm.


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May 29, 2016

This group of interconnected stories are tied together by "the dew breaker" (who comes in early morning), a torturer under Duvalier. All of the characters are in some way related to him. The book is so well written and a testament to the horrors of the Haitian dictatorship and lack of interest from the outside world.

Jan 28, 2011

Interesting writing, but the book as a whole is unsatisfying. The author attempted something beyond her grasp in trying tell many different smaller stories that are supposed to be part of a bigger story.


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