Finding Chika: A heart-breaking and hopeful story about family, adversity and unconditional love (Hardback)Mitch Albom (author)
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The devastatingly moving account of Chika, born three days before the Haitian earthquake and brought to the survivors’ charity run by Albom and his wife. Through adversity and heartache her luminous personality shines through, as Albom details each turn of events with characteristic sensitivity and compassion. A hauntingly beautiful read.
Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch and his wife, Janine operate.
Chika's arrival made a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delighted the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika was suddenly diagnosed with a terminal disease that no doctor in Haiti could help with.
Mitch and Janine took Chika to America, hoping that treatment there would enable her to go back home. Instead, Chika became a permanent part of their lives, as they embarked on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika's boundless optimism and humour taught Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learnt that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.
This is Mitch Albom at his most poignant, powerful and personal. Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed - a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 385 g
Dimensions: 218 x 144 x 28 mm
'Uplifting ... Although Finding Chika makes for heart-wrenching reading, it is also a tale of resilience and decency - and the memorable cheerfulness of a dying child' - The Independent
'Heartrending ... A touching rumination on the magic of children, the extraordinary lengths parents will go for them and the unlikely family that came together across continents' - Mail Online
'Mitch Albom breaks hearts with his story' - The Mirror
'A heartbreaking story of love, grief and what it really means to be a family' - The Daily Express
'A beautiful, heart-breaking, heart-warming read' - My Weekly
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