In a true 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.
“An unlikely friendship between two people, two families, and two countries shines at the center of A Wedding in Haiti. We the readers are privileged to witness it and become a part of this journey.” –Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying
“Julia Alvarez is the ideal travel companion–witty and observant and, as in all her 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, author of The White Man in the Tree
“A heartfelt experience of Haiti.” —Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising
“Warm, funny and compassionate.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Alvarez’s unaffected prose and her warm and caring voice make this intimate introduction to a troubled country one many readers will savor.” –Booklist
My Promise to Piti, an essay from Julia Alvarez
Also by Julia Alvarez
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
“Poignant . . . Powerful . . . Beautifully capture[s] the threshold experience of the new immigrant, where the past is not yet a memory.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A gorgeous and sensitive novel . . . A compelling story of courage, patriotism and familial devotion.” —People
“”Remarkable…Saving the World depicts the need to belong to something deeper and more enduring than ourselves.”
—Washington Post Book World
Julia Alvarez is the author of nineteen books, including the bestselling novels How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, she and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm/literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.