Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika MouliteDear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

byMaika Moulite, Maritza Moulite

Hardcover | September 3, 2019

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When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime…

You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything?

Actually, a lot.

Thanks to “the incident” (don’t ask), I’m spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a “spring volunteer immersion project.” It’s definitely no vacation. I’m toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own…and to hide a rather devastating secret.

All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks…like flirting with Tati’s distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I’m even exploring my family’s history—which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse.

You know, typical drama. But it’s nothing I can’t handle.
Title:Dear Haiti, Love AlaineFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.76 × 1.36 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.76 × 1.36 inPublished:September 3, 2019Publisher:Inkyard PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1335777091

ISBN - 13:9781335777096

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"Maika and Maritza Moulite's Dear Haiti, Love Alaine is an enchanting and engrossing novel full of wit and laughter along with a tantalizing generational mystery. Alaine Beauparlant is that rare character who feels like your complicated but indispensable friend, one you wish you could stay in touch with and hear more fascinating and absorbing stories from long after finishing the book." -Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory"The Moulite Sisters have given us a refreshing and balanced view of Haiti through the eyes of Alaine, a remarkable, funny, and whip-smart young Haitian-American coming to terms with both herself and her heritage. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine is, at its heart, also an American story--necessary, hopeful, and enlightening." -Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street, National Book Award Finalist"Sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite deliver a phenomenal coming-of-age story with this stunning novel...The authors deliver a smart and witty protagonist in Alaine... the setting takes on a life of its own, plunging readers into Haiti's rich cultural traditions, breathtaking landscape, and vibrant people alongside Alaine, who will quickly become a beloved character amongst teens."-Booklist, STARRED REVIEW"The Moulite sisters' well-conceived debut is an alternately funny and bittersweet story of loss, regret, love, and sacrifice... Seamlessly blending story lines and allusions to Haiti's history and culture, the authors create an indelible, believable character in Alaine-naive, dynamic, and brutally honest-who stretches and grows as her remarkable, affectingly rendered family relationships do."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW"Sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite's debut is nothing short of extraordinarily loving. The novel portrays Haiti, too often reduced to grim images of poverty and human suffering in modern fiction, as a challenging and beautiful nation of proud and shining souls." -Ben Philippe, author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager"The Moulite sisters' stunning debut made me fall in love with Haiti and its people. Heroine Alaine's charming, warm and insightful voice delivered the story I needed as a kid. It was pure black girl magic!" -Dana L. Davis, author of The Voice in My Head"You'll fall in love with Alaine's humor and heart in this moving story of forgiveness, family and finding yourself." -Kelly deVos, author of Fat Girl on a Plane"The sisters Moulite have realistically created in Alaine an energetic, smart first-generation teen in a quest to understand herself via family...a strong offering." -School Library Journal