Brother, I'm Dying
By Edwidge Danticat
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400034307, 272pp.)
Publication Date: September 9, 2008
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In 2004, they entered into a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. "Brother I'm Dying" is an astonishing true-life epic, told on an intimate scale by one of our finest writers.
- Danticat tells us that she has constructed the story from the "borrowed recollections of family members. . . . What I learned from my father and uncle, I learned out of sequence and in fragments. This is an attempt at cohesiveness, and at re-creating a few wondrous and terrible months when their lives and mine intersected in startling ways, forcing me to look forward and back at the same time". Discuss what this work of reconstruction and reordering means for the structure of the story she presents, as well as for her own understanding of what happened to the two brothers.