Amabelle is a young Haitian woman who has lost both of her parent to drowning, adopted by Dominican family where she lives as maid with the family that took her in. As the story progresses she falls in love with Sebastian, a sugar worker commonly called “braceros”, who was also orphaned by ill fated circumstances. In love, together they devise to return to their native soil Haiti, where they would start a new life together, away from servitude.. Alas, when their lives and desires become enmeshed with Haitian Dominican political friction only time will attest if and how they make it back to their precious Alma mater. The farming of bones is compelling story of love, dignity and triumph over one's circumstances.
Amabelle as the leading character is loving and moving. Her joys and angst are what keep the reader turning page after page. She is brave and unwavering in her aspiration to become wife to her sugar cane itinerant beau Sebastien and the mother of his children. Her daily struggles and the prejudice she endures because her nationality makes her very identifiable to readers across the board. The death of her parents has left her prone to insomniac nights and she can only find solace in the arms of the man she loves. Her heart's desire and that of her lover is to make a new life: “We had made a pact to change our unhappy tales into happy ones...”
Ms. Danticat skillfully recounts true hidden story which occurred in October 1937, when then President and Dictator, Trujillo ordered the massacre of Haitian living in the Dominican Republic in retaliation for the discovery and execution by the Haitian government of his most valued cover agents. The Dominican army slaughtered as many as 20,000 largely unarmed men, women and children, mostly in the border areas, but also in western Cibao. The author, an excellent storyteller weaves with great dexterity fact and fiction, keeping the reader riveted to every word she lines on the page.
Edwidge Danticat is also the author of : Kril Krak (1996);Breath,Eyes and Memory(1998) , The Dew Breaker (2004), Brother, I'm dying (2007). She is the editor of The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Women and Men of All Colors and Cultures. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and is an American Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, as well as the winner of the first Story Prize. She lives in Miami with her husband and daughter....Continua