The Farming Of Bones

by Edwidge Danticat

Soho Press | May 7, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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It is 1937 and Amabelle Désir, a young Haitian woman living in the Dominican Republic, has built herself a life as the servant and companion of the wife of a wealthy colonel. She and Sebastien, a cane worker, are deeply in love and plan to marry. But Amabelle's  world collapses when a wave of genocidal violence, driven by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, leads to the slaughter of Haitian workers. Amabelle and Sebastien are separated, and she desperately flees the tide of violence for a Haiti she barely remembers.

Already acknowledged as a classic, this harrowing story of love and survival—from one of the most important voices of her generation—is an unforgettable memorial to the victims of the Parsley Massacre and a testimony to the power of human memory.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.19 × 5.49 × 0.87 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Soho Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616953497

ISBN - 13: 9781616953492

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The Farming Of Bones

The Farming Of Bones

by Edwidge Danticat

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.19 × 5.49 × 0.87 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Soho Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616953497

ISBN - 13: 9781616953492

About the Book

From the acclaimed author of "Krik? Krak!". 1937: On the Dominican side of the Haiti border, Amabelle, a maid to the young wife of an army colonel falls in love with sugarcane cutter Sebastien. She longs to become his wife and walk into their future. Instead, terror unfolds them. But the story does not end here: it begins.

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1 His name is Sebastien Onius.   He comes most nights to put an end to my nightmare, theone I have all the time, of my parents drowning. While mybody is struggling against sleep, fighting itself to awaken, hewhispers for me to “lie still while I take you back.”   “Back where?” I ask without feeling my lips moving.   He says, “I will take you back into the cave across the river.”   I lurch at him and stumble, trying to rise. He levels my balancewith the tips of his long but curled fingers, each of themalive on its own as they crawl towards me. I grab his body,my head barely reaching the center of his chest. He is lavishlyhandsome by the dim light of my castor oil lamp, even thoughthe cane stalks have ripped apart most of the skin on his shinyblack face, leaving him with crisscrossed trails of furrowedscars. His arms are as wide as one of my bare thighs. They aresteel, hardened by four years of sugarcane harvests.   “Look at you,” he says, taking my face into one of hisspacious bowl-shaped hands, where the palms have lost theirlifelines to the machetes that cut the cane. “You are glowinglike a Christmas lantern, even with this skin that is the colorof driftwood ashes in the rain.”    “Do not say those things to me,” I mumble, the shadows ofsleep fighting me still. “This type of talk makes me feel naked.”   He runs his hand up and down my back. His rough callusedpalms nip and chafe my skin, while the string of yellowcoffee beans on his bracelet rolls over and caresses the tender
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From the Publisher

It is 1937 and Amabelle Désir, a young Haitian woman living in the Dominican Republic, has built herself a life as the servant and companion of the wife of a wealthy colonel. She and Sebastien, a cane worker, are deeply in love and plan to marry. But Amabelle's  world collapses when a wave of genocidal violence, driven by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, leads to the slaughter of Haitian workers. Amabelle and Sebastien are separated, and she desperately flees the tide of violence for a Haiti she barely remembers.

Already acknowledged as a classic, this harrowing story of love and survival—from one of the most important voices of her generation—is an unforgettable memorial to the victims of the Parsley Massacre and a testimony to the power of human memory.

About the Author

Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Brother, I’m Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; and The Dew Breaker, winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. The Farming of Bones won an American Book Award for fiction in 1999.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Farming of BonesA New York Times Notable BookALA Booklist Editor’s Choice"One of the Best Books of the Year"—Publishers Weekly"Heartrending."—Walter Mosely, Entertainment Weekly"A powerful, haunting novel ... every chapter cuts deep, and you feel it."—Time “Danticat ... is a brilliant storyteller. Her language is simple, gorgeous, and enticing. Her perfect pacing and seamless narrative ... make each character’s destiny seem inexorable.”—Time Out New York“[With] hallucinatory vigor and a sense of mission ... Danticat capably evokes the shock with which a small personal world is disrupted by military mayhem.... The Farming of Bones offers ample confirmation of Edwidge Danticat’s considerable talents.”—The New York Times Book Review“A passionate story ... Richly textured, deeply personal details particularize each of Danticat’s characters and give poignancy to their lives. Often, her tales take on the quality of a legend.”—The Seattle Times“A beautiful and tragic book ... Danticat startles and enraptures readers once again with The Farming of Bones, a novel so mature in its exposition, so captivating in its spirit that it perpetually astonishes the reader in every remarkable chapter.”—The Orlando Sentinel“Danticat ... infuses the dreamlike prose of her earlier works with a politicized resonance in her second novel. ... An eyeopening and delicately written testimonial to the ‘nameless and faceless’ who died in a historically overlooked conflict.”—The Wall Street Jo
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