I Will Fly Again: The Restavek

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  • ISBN-13: 9780974832982
  • Publisher: Miraquest
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Lessons learned at great expense, well told

    A six-year-old village girl, writer of letters and poems and plays, is sent to live with relatives in town, so she can go to school. But her relatives have other ideas and turn Tilou into a slave. So begins Lili Dauphin's memoir, I will fly again, of life as a restavek in Haiti. Guns, violence and drunkenness characterize the lives around her, while she describes herself as "a free spirit, and a gentle soul," wanting only "to love everyone, make everyone happy, and, most of all, surround myself with serenity." Punishment for such minor infractions as eating might include being burned, having your fingers cut off, or being killed.

    Tilou was already taking herself to school at two years old, proving to teachers that she was just as good as her six-year-old fellow students, and filled with enthusiasm. But now she helps her aunt's children get ready for school, then stays home to work, filling her mind with memories of ghosts and vampires and skeletons. Steven Anderson seems to offer help, but can help be trusted, especially when witches cast their spells?

    Love and kindness may be hard to find, but Tilou makes them for herself in this sad story of the hills and towns and disappearing forests of Haiti. Singing songs for her unknown mother, searching for identity, fleeing soldiers, seeking home. Tilou of the broken body and broken spirit finds healing and words in the end to create a book and let the world read her tale.

    Opening with a hauntingly evocative childhood scene, I will fly again contains fascinating details of Haitian life, a generous sympathy for the wounded, and a wise lesson for all, told in the bluntly factual voice of a woman teaching what she's learned at great expense.

    Disclosure: I read this ebook in the autobiography and memoir section of the Dan Poynter Global eBook Awards competition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008


    I Will Fly Again- the Restavek-such an appropriate title for this book. This is a story of young Tilou who is enslaved by her family in poverty stricken Haiti. Without giving away a surprise ending in the book, let me just say that what happens is amazing. All through the book I was glued to the pages, admiring the intelligence and kindness of a young girl who is surrounded by poverty, betrayal, abuse, starvation. I couldn't put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2008


    This is an amazing story. The courage, wisdom and strength of this 6 yr old Haitan girl who was enslaved by her family is quite remarkable. Author Lili Dauphin is a wonderful writer and takes us through the gamut of emotions. I couldn't put the book down. K Wood

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