A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez

This lovely book chronicles two journeys into Haiti, made months apart, by Julia Alvarez, a native of the Dominican Republic who lives in Vermont with her husband. The couple maintain a coffee farm in D.R.  Piti, a young Haitian man they’ve befriended on their farm, invites them to his wedding in his homeland, so they make the harrowing trip by pick-up truck.  Alvarez writes of this trip, and a subsequent one made after the horrendous earthquake that killed more than 300,000 Haitians.  Of both journeys she writes with lively humor and thoughtfulness, showing how such adventures teach her and us “how much is possible when we step outside the boundaries that separate us one from another.”

Reviewed by Hopalong


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