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The Dew Breaker

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Haiti’s bloody and bitter history of violence, corruption and vengeance stalks all the characters in Edwidge Danticat’s remarkable new novel, infecting their dreams and circumscribing their expectations. It is a nightmare they are all trying in vain to rewind and erase.

The title character, the so-called Dew Breaker, is a seemingly ordinary Haitian immigrant living a willfully quiet life in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. But he is hiding a terrible secret: back in the 1960′s in Haiti he was a member of the dreaded Tontons Macoute, the blood-soaked enforcers of François Duvalier’s murderous regime.

‘The Dew Breaker’: Hiding From a Brutal Past Spent Shattering Lives in Haiti

Found this great review on e-drum, but it’s originally from the NY Times.

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