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