A Wedding in Haiti

A Wedding in Haiti

by Julia Alvarez
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A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez

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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ISBN-13: 9781616202743
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 289,796
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. A novelist, poet, and essayist, she is the author of nineteen books, including How the García Girls Lost Their Accents,In the Time of the Butterflies—a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Selection—Yo!, Something to Declare, In the Name of Salome, Saving theWorld, A Wedding in Haiti, and The Woman I Kept to Myself. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including the 2013 National Medal of Arts, a Latina Leader Award in Literature in 2007 from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the 2002 Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the 2000 Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library’s 1996 program “The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez.” A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm–literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.


Middlebury, Vermont

Date of Birth:

March 27, 1950

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Middlebury College, 1971; M.F.A., Syracuse University, 1975

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A Wedding in Haiti 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PaulfromSTL More than 1 year ago
Not your typical wedding story, this memoir published in spring 2012 recounts the author's travels from her native Dominican Republic to Haiti to attend a friend's wedding. Describing Haiti as "the sister I never got to know," she recounts the details of her trip, while also describing the very difficult and often tragic relationship between the two countries. Alvarez has a very personal and reflective style, and we learn as much about her own anxieties (and her marital challenges!) as we do about the history of Haiti and the reality of the earthquake. I like this style, as it feels very organic, giving a sense of the viewer's reaction as much as the object - in this case, Haiti's troubled past and difficult present. A good choice for anyone interested in the other countries in our hemisphere and how the human spirit survives in even the most trying circumstances.
Denise185 More than 1 year ago
Julia Alvarez fans will find this small, lovely book ripe with her poetic language and insights! This is Alvarez at the top of her game.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very vivid and heart felt! To bad it was so short, less than 200 pages.
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