The National Endowment for the Arts has just named Edwidge Danticat’s memoir, Brother, I’m Dying the first nonfiction book to join the Big Read library.
The book tells the story of Danticat’s family, and their journey from Haiti to the United States. Danticat herself came to the U.S. at age 12, joining her parents after years of being raised by an uncle. Danticat’s poignant family saga is entwined with immigration issues and Haiti’s own narrative, making the book as much about history as it is about heartbreak, tradition, and courage.
Click to Read Danticat’s interview with NEA.
For more information about applying for a Big Read grant, please visit the Big Read website.
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