Brother, I'm Dying

Title

Brother, I'm Dying

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Document Type

Book

Description

Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph, a charismatic pastor, as her "second father" when she was placed in his care at age four when her parents left Haiti for America. So she experiences a jumble of emotions when, at twelve, she joins her parents in New York City, whom she struggles to remember--she has left behind Joseph and the only home she's ever known. The story of a new life in a new country while fearing for those still in Haiti soon becomes a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. In 2004, his life threatened by a gang, the frail, 81-year-old Joseph makes his way to Miami, where he thinks he will be safe. Instead, he is detained by the Department of Homeland Security, brutally imprisoned, and dead within days. It was a story that made headlines around the world.

Publication Date

2007

Publisher

Alfred A. Knopf

City

New York

State

NY

Award

2008 Nonfiction Winner

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | History | Nonfiction

Brother, I'm Dying

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