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The Farming of Bones Summary
Edwidge Danticat

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Introduction

The Farming of Bones, Danticat told Megan Rooney in The Brown Daily Herald, is a survivor's story, based on the true story of a woman who was killed in the massacre. "But I wanted her to live," Danticat says, and in the book, she does. The book, which has received almost universally favorable reviews, is based on historical facts, filtered through Haitian tales and oral history, "a collage of various characters and experiences from my upbringing in Haiti," she told Rooney.

Although Danticat was still in her twenties when her first book, Breath, Eyes, Memory, was published, it received critical acclaim and was selected for Oprah Winfrey's book club, rocketing it to the top of the bestseller lists and commercial success. This success eventually led Penguin to pay $200,000 for the paperback rights to The Farming of Bones.

Danticat spent several years researching the events in The Farming of Bones...

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