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Danticat, Edwidge. BROTHER, I'M DYING. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 272 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's debut memoir. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Edwidge Danticat's "Brother, I'm Dying". Her first memoir. Portions of the book originally appeared in The New Yorker Magazine to critical acclaim. The title says it all: "In 2004, Danticat's uncle Joseph, a pastor in poor health at 81, fled Haiti after his church was burned, only to die under appalling circumstances in Florida's Krome Detention Center. Danticat vividly evokes the volatile Port-au-Prince neighborhood she called home after her parents emigrated to America and left her in the loving care of Joseph, her father's brother. She chronicles her uncle's experiences and the throat cancer that claimed his ability to speak as well as her parents' lives in New York before and after she was reunited with them. Haiti's bloody history and turmoil form her narrative's molten core while voice becomes its leitmotif. In a shattering yet redemptive manifestation of life's cycle, as Danticat's uncle enters his final days, her own father is slowly silenced by lung cancer, and she awaits the birth of her daughter. This meticulously crafted, deeply felt remembrance is an homage to one remarkable family and all who persevere, seeking justice and channeling love" (Donna Seaman). Every book by Edwidge Danticat is quietly enthralling. This harrowing tale is no exception. It blows away the shallow and self-indulgent life stories of her fellow American writers, and deserves to be read by anyone who still cares about writing as literature. An absolute "must-have" title for Edwidge Danticat collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Edwidge Danticat. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the lovely 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival Bookmark (it shows and describes Danticat) during which event her signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy with Souvenir Danticat Bookmark of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation Grant in 1998 for "The Farming of Bones". Finalist for the National Book Award in 2007 for "Brother, I'm Dying". Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century". Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2009. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWIDGE DANTICAT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1400041155. $50.00

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