This month’s book group sessions will be discussing the 2011 Children’s Hospital Read Together book, Brother, I’m Dying, by Edwidge Danticat. This award-winning autobiography tells the story of Danticat’s father and uncle, Haitian brothers whose lives diverge when Danticat’s father moves his family to the United States, while her uncle stays behind in Haiti. The unstable political atmosphere in Haiti is one of the driving forces behind the tragedies that befall Danticat’s family. This timeline of Haitian history from the BBC is particularly helpful in understanding the chronology of dictators in contemporary Haitian politics.
Edwidge Danticat was interviewed and on NPR’s All Things Considered in September, 2008 and read a segment of Brother, I’m Dying. Brother, I’m Dying was reviewed in the New York Times and the Boston Globe.
In addition, 60 Minutes ran a report about Danticat’s uncle’s death and the deplorable health conditions of immigrant detention centers in the United States. Click here to review the article and watch clips from the show, which aired in 2008.
Check out the list of Children’s Hospital Reads Together events, which will be taking place throughout the month of May.