Repeating Islands

A moving homage to the Haitian people, A Wedding in Haiti, by author Julia Alvarez, will be launched Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., at the Northshire Bookstore.

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. Bestselling novelist Alvarez reflects on the joys and burdens of love in “A…

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