I love an engaging story. When that story also give me a history lesson, I’ve hit the bonus zone. That’s just how I felt after finishing Fabiene Josaphat’s novel. The story is set in Haiti. It’s 1965 and Francois Duvalier, AKA Papa Doc, is ruling the country with brutality. I knew very little about this country or about this dictator’s unrelenting violence to control the impoverished island nation.
This book centers around two brothers, Raymond and Nicolas L’Eveille, caught in the country’s misery and changing times. Raymond and Nicolas are as different as two men can be, in their intellect, goals, desires and dreams. In spite of their vast differences, Raymond is compelled to help his younger brother who has been arrested by the Haitian secret police and thrown into a hellish prison.
I connected with both men and their struggles, but what kept me reading was their deep, unwavering love of family.