The Dew Breaker is a novel of connected short stories by Edwidge Danticat. The stories center around the Haitian expatriate community in New York. The Haitians' lives have been forever changed by the dictatorship which drove them out of Haiti.
Haiti is a small, impoverished country that occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola; Haiti is bordered by the Dominican Republicwhich occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island. The Dew Breaker consists of nine linked stories. The torturers, members of the Duvaliers' militia known as the Tonton Macouteswere also known as dew breakers because of their practice of coming for their victims before dawn.
The novel focuses on one dew breaker in particular, a man who committed horrible crimes in Haiti in the s and who has since lived an unremarkable life in New York with his wife and daughter. But as the novel shows, the crimes he committed have left a terrible legacy that still haunts the Haitian-American community in New York so many years later.
Is it possible that he could ever be forgiven or redeemed? Danticat's subtle treatment of this theme makes The Dew Breaker a compelling exploration of the mind of a torturer and the limits of compassion. When Danticat was two years old, her father immigrated to the United Statesworking as a taxi driver in New York.
Two years later, Danticat's mother joined her husband in New York, leaving Danticat and her younger brother Eliab to be raised by their uncle. Inwhen Danticat was twelve, she joined her parents in New York. As a recent immigrant attending a high school in Brooklyn, she felt isolated from her classmates and took to writing about her homeland as a way of escape.
After high school, Danticat attended Barnard College in New York, graduating in with a degree in French literature. Although her parents wanted her to pursue a career in medicine, she chose not to enroll in nursing school. Her thesis was an early version of her semi-autobiographical novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, a revised version of which was published in The novel was well received and became a bestseller when it was selected by the Oprah Winfrey Book Club in Danticat followed her success with Krik?
Danticat's second novel, The Farming of Bones, was about a incident in which thousands of Haitian farm workers were massacred by soldiers in the Dominican Republic. The novel won the American Book Award. After she wrote Behind the Mountainsa book that takes the form of the diary of a teenaged Haitian girl, Danticat published The Dew Breakerher most critically acclaimed novel.
In addition to her fiction, Danticat has written After the Dance: A Walk through Carnival in Haitia nonfiction account of Haiti's annual Carnival celebrations. She has also edited The Butterfly's Way: From the Haitian Dyaspora in the United Statesa collection of stories, poems, and essays by Haitian writers living in the United States.
InDanticat published a memoir, titled Brother, I'm Dying. As ofDanticat lived in Miami, Florida. She has traveled to Florida with her father, also a Haitian immigrant, in order to sell her mahogany sculpture of her father to Gabrielle Fonteneau, a Haitian-American television star and art collector.
Ka and her father stay in a hotel, but when Ka wakes in the morning her father has vanished, and the sculpture is gone, too. Her father finally returns at sunset, without the sculpture. He drives Ka to a lake and indicates that he threw the sculpture in the water.
Ka is angry, and her father explains that he did not feel worthy of the statue. His daughter has always been told that her father had been imprisoned in Haiti, but now he confesses that he was never in prison; instead he was responsible for killing and torturing many people who were prisoners.Reimagining Perpetrators in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker With the awareness of worldwide atrocities and traumatic events, the painful after-effects of trauma have been increasingly studied within the field of trauma studies.
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Few readers will put down Edwidge Danticat's The Dew Breaker without being haunted by the stories that it tells in such an elliptical fashion. In The Dew Breaker, Danticat has written a Haitian truth: prisoners all, even the jailers.” –Richard Eder, New York Times Book Review “A tangle of history, biography, circumstance and chance forms the emotional backdrop of Edwidge Danticat’s luminous new novel, The Dew BreakerReviews: The Dew Breaker study guide contains a biography of Edwidge Danticat, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
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