Brother, I'm Dying
By Edwidge Danticat
This modern-day memoir tells the story of two Haitian brothers, the writer's father and her uncle. For 30 years, they were separated, one having immigrated to America, the other remaining behind. They were finally united only in death, buried in a cemetery in Queens, N.Y. The book finds sad but poetic truths in the relentless hardships of Haiti and its people. And, in a heartbreaking postscript, when her uncle finally decides to join his brother in America, he dies in a detention center in Miami, waiting to see whether he'll be granted asylum.
—Michael Kenney / Globe Correspondent