A native of Haiti, Dimitry Elias Léger makes his remarkable debut with this story of romance, politics, and religion that traces the fates of three lovers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the challenges they face readjusting to life after an earthquake devastates their city.
Reflecting the chaos of disaster and its aftermath, God Loves Haiti switches between time periods and locations, yet always moves closer to solving the driving mystery at its center: Will the artist Natasha Robert reunite with her one true love, the injured Alain Destiné, and live happily ever after?
This is the first book I read this year that was actually released this year. Also, the first book I completed for this month’s TBR!! I’m getting better! I went into this book without any prior thoughts and reading the synopsis. The story is very popular and heartwarming. When you pick this book up you wouldn’t want to put it down. This love story is told by three point of views. Each character has their own version of events and significant positions in society. We get a look into the minds of the president of Haiti, his wife, a former orphan and well-known Haitian artist, and her lover, a Haitian businessman from an affluent family.
I don’t have any complaints about this book other than the chapters being super long. Even though this is a work of fiction there is a great deal of realism. Meaning, the events that happen in the story can easily happen in reality. Of course, the earthquake in Haiti happened which adds even more realism. The author even introduced the term goudou-goudou to put words to the sounds of shaking and falling buildings during the earthquake. It is great to have a story for this particular natural disaster. If you aren’t a native of Haiti, visited, or don’t know much about the country, you will learn a lot from reading this book.
A love story with rich history (The French language, spiritual/religious) and the coming together of a community to form one common bond is wonderful to read. Reading about the characters and how they saw the world before goudou-goudou and how they see their lives and those around them after goudou-goudou is a unique form of storytelling. People aren’t perfect. People become someone other than themselves when they are faced with tragedy. The ending of such a beautiful story was perfect! I highly recommend this book.