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What She’s Reading: The Dew Breaker

411rs-5IxlL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Dew Breaker

National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and author Edwidge Danticat’s fourth fiction novel is certainly ambitious.  Following classics such as Breath Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak!, the Dew Breaker begins in New York with the depiction of a loving father on a road trip with his daughter.  After revealing the sculpture she created in honor of her father’s time spent as a prisoner in Haiti, the true and haunting story of this family’s past unfolds.  The reader soon learns that the beloved father is the perpetrator of unforgivably heinous war crimes which he has since distanced himself from.

Unfortunately, this novel doesn’t live up to what the book blurb promises.   The story is powerful but feels somewhat shallow and unfinished….or perhaps over edited by the publisher.  There were times while reading that I wanted Danticat to dig deeper into the psychological scars carried by both the victims and perpetrators of Duvalier’s bloody reign.  I also waited for a culminating moment, a climax perhaps, that tied in the victims narratives through either a confrontation or internal revelation.  I’m a few pages from the end of this novel and thus far neither has occurred.  I’m left wondering if this story is too ambitious for Danticat’s depth of writing.  I hope I’m wrong . . .

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Re-Blog: Love It or Hate It

Thanks to @lifeofafemalebibliophile for posting these questions!

Check out her link below: http://lifeofafemalebibliophile.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/book-tag-thursday-love-it-or-hate-it/

1. Biggest literary let-down?

– Toni Morrison’s long awaited comeback: Love, A Mercy, and Home 😦

2. Books that you liked that other people hated?

  • The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

3. Best Quotes?

Not sure if these are my absolute favorites, but the below (afro-lit) quotes have been on my mind lately:

“This was love: a string of coincidences that gathered significance and became miracles”- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

“Love is like the rain . . . if you’re not careful it will drown you.” – Edwidge, Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory

“Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.” – Toni Morrison, Jazz

4. Worst Quotes?

Stumped on this one . . . sorry!

5. Books you didn’t finish?

I simply could not get into it…

    • The Kite Runner

***ducks for cover***

6. What book have you read the most times?

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (3 times . . . and it’s better each time)

7. Series where the first book was amazing but went downhill from there?

I was crazy about the Left Behind series when I was in high school.  I read the first four and then abandoned the brand :-(.  The made-for-tv movies are even worse.

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