Perfection. From the introductory quote of the "shibboleth" passage in the Bible, through the Parsley Massacre in the Dominican Republic, to the frantic return to Haiti, this book is history, tragedy, thriller, and inspiring story all wrapped into one. Haitian American Edwidge Danticat knows how to weave a soulful tale. I read this book before traveling to Haiti with a joint medical/divinity school team from Duke University. If you're traveling to Haiti and want to better understand the nation's tragic history extending well beyond recent hurricanes and earthquakes, there's no better place to start than Danticat's The Farming of Bones. It's a serious, well written, thought provoking work.