A Wedding in Haiti

A Wedding in Haiti

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"[A] beguiling memoir of family and culture."--O, The Oprah Magazine

In a story that travels beyond borders and between families, acclaimed Dominican novelist and poet Julia Alvarez reflects on the joys and burdens of love--for her parents, for her husband, and for a young Haitian boy known as Piti. In this intimate true account of a promise kept, Alvarez takes us on a journey into experiences that challenge our way of thinking about history and how it can be reimagined when people from two countries--traditional enemies and strangers--become friends.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 287 pages
  • 127 x 178 x 28mm | 227g
  • Chapel Hill, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1616202807
  • 9781616202804
  • 1,456,152

Review quote

"[A] beguiling memoir of family and culture."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"A sudden promise leads an acclaimed author on the journey--and to the wedding--of a lifetime . . . [An] extraordinary story."--Marie Claire

"An open-eyed view of Haiti before and after the earthquake . . . A Wedding in Haiti is Alvarez's view into the rural Haitian family life that never makes the news."--The Associated Press

"Award-winning Dominican writer Julia Alvarez finally, sweetly, gets to know her sister country as she travels to a friend's fete."--Ebony

"Alvarez's devotion, her admiration and hope, and most clearly, the love for her extended family, is palpable throughout."--The Christian Science Monitor

"Heartbreaking and humorous, simple and elusive." --Ms. Magazine blog

"A moving message about the nature of poverty, human love, and their opposites."

"A glimpse into the heart of a complex country during a tumultuous time."--National Geographic Traveler

"This beautiful memoir from Alvarez is a look at Haiti through an unlikely friendship . . . Wonderfully told."--New York Post

"A memoir with the structure and impact of a novel . . . It is hopeful, folksy, sobering and graceful with good story-telling."--Asheville Citizen-Times

"Touching, funny, eye-opening and uplifting." --The Seattle Times

"A compelling account of friendship, loyalty and perseverance."--Philadelphia Citypaper

"A deeply personal story of family and connection that casts a light on larger issues of global community and the need for unity, compassion, and understanding."--Shelf Awareness, starred review

"Beautifully told and moving, Alvarez's memoir serves to introduce readers to all Haiti once was -- and what it could be again."--SheKnows.com

"Warm, funny and compassionate."--Kirkus Reviews

"A moving homage to the Haitian people." --Publishers Weekly

"[Alvarez's] unaffected prose and her warm and caring voice make this intimate introduction to a troubled country one many readers will savor."--Booklist
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Rating details

1,101 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 19% (205)
4 39% (431)
3 33% (366)
2 8% (87)
1 1% (12)
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