Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Dewbreaker by Edwidge Danticat

Nadine is about to learn a big secret in her father's life. For years he never liked to have his photo taken, he hid the long scar on his face with his hand and he and Nadine's mother never talked about their past: Haiti, relatives, friends or accomplishments. With Nadine we learn the secret of her father's life.

I like Nadine as a character not only because there is such a big hole in her life but also because of her craft. She is a sculpture. Over and over she strives to understand her father by sculpting him in mahogany and other mediums. I am use to reading about painters. It's not often I have read about sculptures. A woman sculpture makes the story even more interesting.

Edwidge Danticat draws descriptive pictures so well in "The Dew Breaker." Whether it is Florida, New York or Haiti the place, the setting comes alive. Each place feels like a place I've visited in real life or in a dream.

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