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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,968 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edwidge Danticat Narrator: Robin Mile Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the universally acclaimed author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak!, a brilliant, deeply moving work of fiction that explores the world of a dew breaker, a torturer, a man whose brutal crimes in the country of his birth lie hidden beneath his new American reality.

We meet him late in his life. He is a quiet man, a husband and father, a hardworking barber, a kindly landlord to the men who live in a basement apartment in his home. He is a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, recognizable by the terrifying scar on his face. As the book unfolds, moving seamlessly between Haiti in the 1960s and New York City today, we enter the lives of those around him: his devoted wife and rebellious daughter; his sometimes unsuspecting, sometimes apprehensive neighbors, tenants, and clients. And we meet some of his victims.

In the book's powerful denouement, we return to the Haiti of the dew breaker's past, to his last, desperate act of violence, and to his first encounter with the woman who will offer him a form of redemption, albeit imperfect, that will change him forever. The Dew Breaker is a book of interconnected lives, a book of love, remorse, and hope; of rebellions both personal and political; of the compromises we often make in order to move beyond the most intimate brushes with history. Unforgettable, deeply resonant, The Dew Breaker proves once more that in Edwidge Danticat we have a major American writer.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vanessa Eneas | 2/16/2014

    " Another great story, so well written and emotionally descriptive. She transports you to the time, place and tragedy of her stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Angie | 2/11/2014

    " It started out good and then about 70% in I just lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/11/2014

    " Edwidge Danticat is still one of my favorite writers, but this was not one of my favorite books of hers. I listened to it on audiobook, and it took me a while to realize that each section was a different short story rather than a different chapter. While the writing is still beautiful, I wasn't sure how some of the stories tied in. They were definitely thought-provoking, particularly since we get to see what is a simultaneous sympathetic and condemning look at a former Haitian macoute who worked in the torture chambers. It brought up a lot of issues around forgiveness and what to do with such a horrendous past. Even after a person has changed, does the past ever go away? How does someone like that move on? I felt like the "dew breaker" (the torturer) got a bit of the short stick as far as characterization goes. I didn't really understand how he transformed so drastically, and I wanted to understand it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 2/9/2014

    " Read it for my book group. I love Danticat's language and imagery. A good book to remind us of why Baby Doc should not Duvalier should not stay in Haiti. "

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