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A Wedding in Haiti

by Julia Alvarez

A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2012
    304 pages
    Genre: Biographies/Memoirs

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Julia Alvarez has been called "a one-woman cultural collision" by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and that has never been truer than in this story about three of her most personal relationships - with her parents, with her husband, and with a young Haitian boy known as Piti. A teenager when Julia and her husband, Bill, first met him in 2001, Piti crossed the border into the Dominican Republic to find work. Julia, impressed by his courage, charmed by his smile, has over the years come to think of him as a son, even promising to be at his wedding someday. When Piti calls in 2009, Julia's promise is tested.

To Alvarez, much admired for her ability to lead readers deep inside her native Dominican culture, "Haiti is like a sister I've never gotten to know." And so we follow her across the border into what was once the richest of all the French colonies and now teeters on the edge of the abyss - first for the celebration of a wedding and a year later to find Piti's loved ones in the devastation of the earthquake. As in all of Alvarez's books, a strong message is packed inside an intimate, beguiling story, this time about the nature of poverty and of wealth, of human love and of human frailty, of history and of the way we live now.

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"Alvarez's account sounds an urgent need for a humanitarian reckoning between the haves and have-nots." - Publishers Weekly

"A warm, funny and compassionate memoir." - Kirkus Reviews

"She is the ideal travel companion - witty and observant and, as in all of Julia Alvarez's writing, compassionate and full of heart. A Wedding In Haiti is a great experience and its unaffected prose is as true a portrait of complex Haiti as you will find." - Mark Kurlansky

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Julia Alvarez has bridged the Americas many times. Born in New York and raised in the Dominican Republic, she is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist, author of world-renowned books in each of the genres, including How the García Girls Lost their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, and Something to Declare. She lives on a farmstead outside Middlebury, Vermont, with her husband Bill Eichner.

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