Omaj pou Ayiti

Julia Alvarez Recounts Her Adventures At “A Wedding in Haiti”

“A Wedding in Haiti” (Algonquin Books), by Julia Alvarez: Wedding invitations are meant to be joyous proclamations, but Julia Alvarez received one in 2009 that she had hoped would never come. A casual promise to attend a young employee’s wedding was suddenly, firmly, expected to be fulfilled, but doing so required a trip to Haiti, a place the Dominican-American writer never intended to explore.

“A Wedding in Haiti” is Alvarez’s account of how she reluctantly visited the other side of her parents’ homeland and found family connections in spite of language and circumstance.

The Dominican Republic shares the Caribbean island of Hispanola with Haiti, but Alvarez, known for exploring her heritage in her writing, including her novel “How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents,” never crossed the border until Piti’s wedding.

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