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Julia Alvarez, "A Wedding in Haiti"
Join us for a luncheon with Julia Alvarez at the Union League Cafe!
The honesty of this book is refreshing. Ms. Alvarez takes us on her journey of friendship and family and gives a rare look inside her life. Funny, candid, and beautifully written. A reminder for anyone of what it means to be human and compassionate.
Julia Alvarez has been called “a one-woman cultural collision” by the Los Angeles Times Book Review,
and that has never been truer than in this story about three of her
most personal relationships—with her parents, with her husband, and with
a young Haitian boy known as Piti. A teenager when Julia and her
husband, Bill, first met him in 2001, Piti crossed the border into the
Dominican Republic to find work. Julia, impressed by his courage,
charmed by his smile, has over the years come to think of him as a son,
even promising to be at his wedding someday. When Piti calls in 2009,
Julia’s promise is tested.
To Alvarez, much admired for her ability to lead readers deep inside her native Dominican culture, “Haiti is like a sister I’ve never gotten to know.” And so we follow her across the border into what was once the richest of all the French colonies and now teeters on the edge of the abyss—first for the celebration of a wedding and a year later to find Piti’s loved ones in the devastation of the earthquake. As in all of Alvarez’s books, a strong message is packed inside an intimate, beguiling story, this time about the nature of poverty and of wealth, of human love and of human frailty, of history and of the way we live now.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 12:00pm
Union League Café
1032 Chapel Street