Many, many Congratulations to Edwidge Danticat on receiving her Honorary Doctorate from Brooklyn College, NY. This woman interwove the stories of Haitian immigrants and their journeys through settlements in New York. A favorite quote from her non-fiction, “Brother, I’m Dying” exemplifies the entirety of the immigrant experience, straddling two lives with one breath:
“It’s not easy to start over in a new place,’ he said. ‘Exile is not for everyone. Someone has to stay behind, to receive the letters and greet family members when they come back.”
― Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I’m Dying”
Today, Brother, I’m Dying became the first nonfiction book to join the Big Read library, and will be available for communities applying for a 2015-16 Big Read grant. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the book tells the story of Danticat’s family, and their journey from Haiti to the United States. Danticat herself came to the U.S. at age 12, joining her parents after years of being raised by an uncle. Danticat’s poignant family saga is entwined with Haiti’s civil war and contemporary immigration issues, making the book as much about history as it is about heartbreak, tradition, and courage.