This review is from: The Dew Breaker (Paperback)
The Dew Breaker could be viewed as nine short stories that all dance around both the "hunters" and the "hunted" of the brutal Haitian regime.
We open with an old man admitting to his daughter that he was one of the latter and therefore not worthy of her sympathy - before we are then treated to eight different voices and views of the same moment in history.
Each "story" is told remarkably well and Danticat does a sterling job of managing the emotions. With such a background it would be very easy for a less skilled author to overplay the sentiment. Thankfully she seems to understand that the weight of history is best represented by just telling the story simply - the reader is trusted to understand the subtleties of each moment.
The nine stories are all linked by little details that reward an attentive reader and Danticat has a style that makes you want to search for cross-references within the text.
Danticat is a writer who allows the story and the reader to breathe - while displaying an admirable emotional palette. Really top stuff.