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Haiti and the Dominican Republic share a border, but the differences between these island republic is palpable. The per capita income of Haiti is less than $1,300, making it by far the poorest country in the hemisphere. Julia Alvarez's Una boda en Haiti (A Wedding in Haiti) stands as Dominican writer Julia Alvarez's moving tribute to her sister country. What begins with an offhand promise to attend a coffee farm employee's nuptials becomes a junket into a place that history seems to have left behind. Alvarez's decision to make a return trip after the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake serves as a haunting reminder that things there have only gotten worse. A powerful memoir that deserves to be read.