Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat

Ka is a New York lesbian sculptor whose father has been her main muse and model for her work. It isn't until Ka is well into her adulthood that she learns a shocking truth about the man: under the Duvalier regime in Haiti, her father tortured and killed people. The Dew Breaker is an amazingly powerful story about forgiveness and redemption.

The novel is told in a series of short stories, a form I like very much. (Click on the 'story-cycle' tag below to link to others that I've reviewed.) I'm grateful to Amy at Amy Reads for drawing my attention to this book, since I've wanted to read something by Danticat for a long time and Amy's review spurred me to action. The audiobook [Recorded Books; 6 hrs, 45 mins] that I listened to was narrated in the lovely voice of Robin Miles. I enjoyed her nuanced interpretations of Haitian-accented English.


Amy said...

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed this one! I really love Danticat's writing.

Lindy said...

Yes, thanks again for recommending it.