EDWIDGE DANTICAT, Brother, I'm Dying
I always try to give books from warm places, because I figure they are like mini vacations
during the coldest days of the year. Though not always cheerful in subject matter, there's
plenty to learn, think about, and certainly to enjoy in The Other Side of Paradise,
by Staceyann Chin, and Love, Anger, Madness by Marie Vieux-Chauvet. I have
loved this book my whole life and I have always given it as a gift to friends, but since it's
been published in English for the first time this year I can now give it to my
English-speaking friends. It is a trilogy—three novellas set in Haiti in the 1930s.
Each novella is a feast of its own. Love triangles. Military oppression. Sibling rivalry.
Redemption through poetry. The author died in exile in the United States in 1973, and
this is the first official translation.
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