In this poignant memoir, award-winning author Edwidge Danticat tells the story of how she lost her uncle Joseph and gained a second father in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. As poverty and despair overwhelmed their small island nation, she saw her mother leave for New York City to find work and reluctantly came with her. It’s here that she meets her beloved second father, Joseph Miran Lamy—a gentle, fun-loving man who restores light and color to a crowded apartment full of four noisy children. But when tragedy strikes so close to home in 2015, Edwidge knows that only one thing can help carry her through: love. Written with Edwidge’s signature tenderness, this is a profound meditation on hope, loyalty, and identity — as well as an unforgettable portrait of two remarkable men.
Brother, I’m Dying is a moving story of two brothers and the daughter who loved them. The narrator, a girl named Camille, comes to think of her uncle Joseph as her “second father” when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti for America. And so she was both elated and saddened when, at twelve years old, she joined her parents and younger brothers in New York City.
Caught between two worlds, Joseph struggles with the onset of tuberculosis and poverty, while his brother, Dauphar, is forced to leave Haiti after the failed revolution that claimed many innocent lives. The brothers agree never to reveal their relationship to their children in the hopes that they will lead productive lives away from their troubled homeland. But when illness threatens the health of Joseph’s youngest son and only daughter, he changes his mind.
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This is the story of two brothers—and of a daughter’s great love for them both.
From the age of four, award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph as her “second father,” when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti for America. And so she was both elated and saddened when, at twelve, she joined her parents and younger brothers in New York City. As Edwidge adjusted to life in a new country, she and her family continued to fear for the safety of those still in Haiti as the political situation deteriorated.
In 2004, they entered into a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. Their story made headlines around the world. Brother I’m Dying is an astonishing true-life epic, told on an intimate scale by one of our finest writers.