The Farming of Bones
begins in 1937 in a
village on the Dominican side of the river that separates the
country from Haiti. Amabelle Desir, Haitian-born and a faithful
maidservant to the Dominican family that took her in when she was
orphaned, and her lover Sebastien, an itinerant sugarcane cutter,
decide they will marry and return to Haiti at the end of the cane
season. However, hostilities toward Haitian laborers find a
vitriolic spokesman in the ultra-nationalist Generalissimo Trujillo
who calls for an ethnic cleansing of his Spanish-speaking country.
As rumors of Haitian persecution become fact, as anxiety turns to
terror, Amabelle and Sebastien''s dreams are leveled to the most
basic human desire: to endure.
Based on a little-known historical event, this extraordinarily
moving novel memorializes the forgotten victims of nationalist
madness and the deeply felt passion and grief of its survivors.