The Farming of Bones

The Farming of Bones

Book - 1998
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A novel on a massacre of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic of the 1930s. The protagonists are two Haitian lovers, a sugarcane cutter and a maid. Twenty thousand people died in a government-led campaign of ethnic cleansing. By the author of Breath, Eyes, Memory. The young Haitian National Book Award nominee tells an epic tale of the 1937 tragedy at the border between Haiti & the Dominican Republic. An emotion-charged historical novel about the people of Haiti & the Dominican Republic in which Amabelle, an aging Haitian woman, recalls the terrible massacre of 1937 & what happened to her & the man she loved. 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, c1998
ISBN: 9781569471265
Branch Call Number: F DAN
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 18, 2014

I picked this up after reading Julia Alvarez's excellent "In the Time of the Butterflies," which is about life in the Dominican Republic under the brutal (and quietly U.S.-supported) Rafael Trujillo. Danticant Is a Haitian author and this story is set during the Trujillo ordered massacre of 1,000s of Haitians, often called the "Parsley" Massacre. Also, see "Feast of the Goat" and "The Autumn of the Patriarch."


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