The cleareyed prose in Edwidge Danticat’s family memoir conceals an undercurrent of melancholy, a mixture of homesickness and. The story Danticat tells is often disturbing as the people she loves are exposed to misfortune, injustice, and violence, but ultimately, Brother, I’m Dying is. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography A National Book Award Finalist A New York Times Notable Book From the age of four.

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What I learned from my father btother uncle, I learned out of sequence and in fragments. Discuss what this work of reconstruction and reordering means for the structure of the story she presents, as well as for her own understanding of what happened to the two brothers.

Consider the scene in which Danticat sees the results of her pregnancy test. How do her fears for her father affect her first thoughts of her child? How does this knowledge change her sense of time? As a child, Danticat was disturbed at how little her father said in the letters he sent to the family in Haiti.

How does young Edwidge retain her loyalties to her parents, even though they are absent from her life for so many years? Is there evidence that she feels hurt or rejected by their decision to leave for the States? How does she feel when they come back to visit Haiti with two new children [pp.


While many readers will know that Haiti was a slave u, why is the fact of the American invasion and nineteen-year occupation less well known [p. Why does he refuse to leave Haiti, or even to remove himself from the dangers of Bel Air [pp.

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Is there a sense, in the book, that Danticat is emotionally reticent even after her reunion with her parents? Why is k reluctant to tell her parents the news about her pregnancy [p. Why is it important that her father gave her a typewriter as a welcoming present [pp. What resemblances does it bear-if any-to her works of fiction in terms of style, voice, content, etc.?

Why is it important that she also speak for her father and her uncle in o this memoir?

Consider the relationship between the two brothers, Mira and Joseph. There is a significant difference in age, and Mira has been away from his brother for decades, by the end of the story. Despite this, they remain close.

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What assumptions about kinship and family ties are displayed in their love for each other? Are these bonds similar to, or stronger than, ties you would see between American-born brothers?

How does Danticat convey a sense of the richness of Haitian culture? What are the people like? What are their folk tales like? How does their use of danticxt Creole and French affect their approach to language and speech?


How does she make us feel the effects of the violence and poverty that the Haitians endure? Does what happened to Joseph while in custody dyin Florida suggest that racist assumptions lie at the heart of U.

Is Danticat right dannticat wonder whether this would have happened had he not been Haitian, or had he not been black [p. Does it seem that the duing could have taken legal action against the Department of Homeland Security?

How does Danticat control her emotion while presenting these events? How, in general, would you describe her writing style as she narrates these often devastating events? How does the story reflect on the book as a whole, and on the act of writing? If so, what elements in the writing and the story contribute to this effect? A fierce, haunting book about exile and loss and family love.

Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat

Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. She lives brther Miami with her husband and daughter. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Read it Forward Read it first.

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