Edwidge Danticat • The Farming of Bones

Although I’m not an English student or teacher anymore, there are some books that just scream out to me, “This would be a great teaching text.” So let me get this out of the way:

I strongly recommend The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat for university-level English classes. It would be a glorious teaching text, full of intimacy and history, written in an accessible yet subtle style that rewards close-reading.

In fact, everyone should go ahead and read it. It won’t take long and you’d be better for it.

Edwidge Danticat, The Farming of Bones. 1998 novel about the 1937 Parsley Massacre of Haitians by Dominicans. Highly recommended.

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