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The Dew Breaker (2004)

Written by Edwidge Danticat

We meet him late in life: a quiet man, a good father and husband, a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, a landlord and barber with a terrifying scar across 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, and learn that he has also kept a vital, dangerous secret.

Edwidge Danticat’s brilliant exploration of the “dew breaker”—or torturer—an unforgettable story of love, remorse, and hope; of personal and political rebellions; and of the compromises we make to move beyond the most intimate brushes with history. It firmly establishes her as one of America’s most essential writers. (Copyright © Vintage/Random House. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Penguin Random House Company.

Fiction writer Edwidge Danticat conjures the history of her native Haiti in award-winning short stories and novels. She is equally at home describing the immigrant experience—what she calls "dyaspora"—and the reality of life in Haiti today. 

Edwidge Danticat received a BA in French literature from Barnard College.She went on to complete her Master of Fine Arts degree at Brown University, where, as her thesis, she wrote Breath, Eyes, Memory.

Danticat has been writing ever since she was a small girl of nine. At the age of twenty-six, in 1995, she became a finalist for the National Book Award for Krik? Krak! Danticat, drawing on her experiences as a Haitian-American, writes of one of the most underrepresented cultures in American literature using a style which is both poetic and passionate. She also received the 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize.

In 2004, Danticat's book, The Dew Breaker, was published. It was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award plus, Danticat was awarded the Lannan Foundation Fellowship. In 2005, the book was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the Story Prize for outstanding collection of short fiction.

Having received numerous awards for her short stories and novel, she is now widely considered to be one of the most talented young authors in the United States.

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