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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.

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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.

"In addition to illuminating a shameful, little known chapter of history, Danticat gives us fully realized characters who endure their lives with dignity, a sensuously atmospheric setting and a perfectly paced narrative written in prose that is lushly poetic and erotic, specifically detailed . . . and starkly realistic." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“[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.” ---New York Times Book Review

“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.” ---Wall Street Journal
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The Farming of Bones

Author Edwidge Danticat

Narrated by Adenrele Ojo

Publication date Mar 6, 2018

Running time 10 hrs

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