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We meet him late in life: a quiet man, a good father and husband, a
fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, a landlord and barber with a
terrifying scar across his face. As the book unfolds, moving
seamlessly between Haiti in the 1960s and New York City today, we
enter the lives of those around him, and learn that he has also
kept a vital, dangerous secret. Edwidge Danticat's brilliant
exploration of the "dew breaker"--or torturer--s an unforgettable
story of love, remorse, and hope; of personal and political
rebellions; and of the compromises we make to move beyond the most
intimate brushes with history. It firmly establishes her as one of
America's most essential writers.