Best-selling, American Book Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat-a two-time selectee of Oprah's Book Club-delivers a powerful tale of facing the past and making the decisions and sacrifices that shape the future. In Haiti during the dictatorial 1960s, the man known as the "dew breaker" was a torturer. Now a fixture in Brooklyn, he maintains a quiet life as a husband and father. His terrible deeds lie buried. As we meet his family, neighbors, and even his victims, his story becomes one of rebellion and reconciliation.
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by Edwidge Danticat
"Is redemption possible Danticat asks in this intricately threaded collection of stories? More specifically, is it possible for the victims, family, and title character, a Haitian immigrant barber from Brooklyn, who 25 years earlier tortured and killed, as one of Haiti's secret police, the hated Tonton Macoute? All still live, but only with stunted half-lives, like dry bones rattling in nightmare graveyards. While Danticat's haunting imagery and spare prose give them flesh, Robin Miles's flawless narration breathes life into them. To an acute sense of timing and intensity she adds delicately honed accents--a hint of Haitian Creole or broad Brooklyn street slang. The package works perfectly, making all the more painful the realization that, no, there may not be any redemption after lives so damaged. P.E.F. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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