Dew Breaker

Danticat, Edwidge. The Dew Breaker. Read by Robin Miles. New York: Recorded Books, 2004.

This is an amazing book, pure and simple. The plot is as remarkable as the telling. What appear to be disconnected short stories are really different connections to one man, the Dew Breaker. In Haiti during the dictatorial 1960s this man was responsible for torturing and killing innocent people. Years later, with his evil past behind him, the Dew Breaker is trying to live a quiet life as a barber in Brooklyn, New York. Through the various chapters we meet his connections – his family, his victims, his community. His past slowly comes out in small segments. It behooves the reader to pay close attention to the detail Danticat gives to each chapter, to each story. A mystery from a previous chapter could be solved in the next. A seemingly meaningless character in one chapter becomes the key to everything in another. This was definitely one of my favorites.

Reason read: Edwidge Danticat was born in the month of January.

Author fact: Everyone has a FaceBook page these days. Here’s Danticat’s.

Book trivia: The Dew Breaker was too short. But, the audio, read by Robin Miles, was fabulous.

BookLust Twist: from More Book Lust in the chapter called “The Contradictory Caribbean: Paradise and Pain” (p 56).

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