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Sunday Afternoon Book Group

 

The Farming of Bones

 

The Farming of Bones begins in 1937 in a village on the Dominican side of the river that separates the country from Haiti. Amabelle Desir, Haitian-born and a faithful maidservant to the Dominican family that took her in when she was orphaned, and her lover Sebastien, an itinerant sugarcane cutter, decide they will marry and return to Haiti at the end of the cane season. However, hostilities toward Haitian laborers find a vitriolic spokesman in the ultra-nationalist Generalissimo Trujillo who calls for an ethnic cleansing of his Spanish-speaking country. As rumors of Haitian persecution become fact, as anxiety turns to terror, Amabelle and Sebastien's dreams are leveled to the most basic human desire: to endure. Based on a little-known historical event, this extraordinarily moving novel memorializes the forgotten victims of nationalist madness and the deeply felt passion and grief of its survivors.

 

 




 

 

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  • sara s.

    I'm not feeling well today, and stuck with unpacking (just moved). I'm so sad to miss it. I've almost finished the book. I'd love to hear what you all thought about it. I found it intriguing, but I had some trouble with the writing style. Thanks. I sure hope to get there one day...(I've also just started the sequel to Stephen King's "Shining", which might not be so classy, but I'm enjoying it and I want to finish it -- It's long). Happy reading! Sara

    November 3, 2013

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    A former member

    Enjoying the book thus far. Will miss discussion due to a class commitment at Vogue. Hope to attend next month.

    October 31, 2013

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