Finding Chika: A heart-breaking and hopeful story about family, adversity and unconditional love Kindle Edition
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“This is a story of such heart-wrenching beauty that you think it would take a Mitch Albom to compose it. But Albom is more than the author, for it was his own heart that was broken open by the surprising arrival and excruciating departure of a dazzling little Haitian girl named Chika—who became, in every way that matters, his and his wife’s precious daughter — and it is his own life he seeks to patch back together in the telling.” -- Melissa Fay Greene, two-time Nation a l Book Award finalist and author of There Is No Me Without You
“Mitch Albom has done it again with this moving memoir of love and loss. You can’t help but fall for Chika. A page-turner that will no doubt become a classic.” -- Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club and The Art of Memoir
Albom’s memoir is a lens into his grief but also a celebration of Chika’s spirit and lessons gleaned from their time together as a family. The heartbreaking but uplifting story is a testament to the bravery and resilience of children and the power of love. -- Library Journal
Albom conveys the heartbreak of watching her suffer (Chika endured surgeries, and lost teeth and hair), while capturing Chika’s sweet spirit and youthful resilience. He speaks candidly about being too career-focused and putting off having kids until it was too late, and shares how Chika allowed him and his wife to experience the glory of parenthood decades into their marriage. Albom addresses Chika directly: “You never have to worry about us forgetting you... we’d lose every memory we ever had before we would let go of yours.” Both painfully sad and beautiful, this is an absolute tearjerker. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist. The author of five consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, his books have collectively sold more than thirty-three million copies in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays With Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time. Four of Albom’s books, including Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, and Have a Little Faith, have been made into highly acclaimed TV movies for ABC. Oprah Winfrey produced Tuesdays With Morrie, which claimed four Emmy awards including a best actor nod for Jack Lemmon in the lead role. Albom has founded six charities in and around Detroit, including the first-ever twenty-four-hour medical clinic for homeless children in America, and also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Albom lives with his wife, Janine, in metropolitan Detroit.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07RSSGWTN
- Publisher : Sphere (November 5, 2019)
- Publication date : November 5, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2143 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 261 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #559,247 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While Morrie Schwartz could impart lessons gained over a long life, here Albom is able to learn life lessons from the very young. The lessons are age old but they are rendered new by being powerfully lived, however briefly, by Chika Jeune.
Her toughness in dealing with an incurable disease, her sense of the silliness of the things with which we occupy most of our time, her sense of wonder towards the world—these lessons may be common enough among children but it takes a particular heroism to live these out while gradually losing one’s life.
In short, Albom recounts a tale of spiritual growth alongside the everyday account of taking Chika for one medical procedure after another. As the condition worsens, Albom reflects on having focused on his career and not wanted children while young and discovers that he, his wife and Chika form a unusual but real family; however unlikely it may be that two American fifty something adults unite with a girl from one of the poorest countries on earth afflicted with one of the rarer forms of brain tumors. Albom’s growth away from a self-centered universe and into a life lived for others is one of the elements that prevents Finding Chika from being continually depressing.
If you are looking for a book with new found wisdom about life in the twenty first century then you are going to be disappointed. But if you want to go beyond a life of pursuit of material goods and read a story of genuine transcendence—a story where the values of faith, hope, love and family are truly lived out—then Finding Chika is a wonderful selection.
You will see Haiti after the earthquake of 2010 completely devastated; you will see the children dancing in a rainstorm and you will hear them singing gospel songs in English and Creole; you will taste the foods that Chika loved; you will smell the air after the earthquake that is full of smoke from the burning trash; and, you will feel the touch of the all encompassing love that flowed between her 'new' family.
Wise beyond her years, Chika was brave, stubborn, resilient, cheerful and full of hope who loved to have fun. She went to the Orphanage in Haiti when she was 3 years of age and shortly after that she came to the US to live with the author and his wife, Ms. Janine.
This is the story of Chika and her short (but most remarkable) time on this Earth. She was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gluoma) which is rare - about 300 cases in the US yearly. This affects mobility, as well as swallowing and the survival rate is zero after one has been diagnosed.
The book is divided into seven areas and those are the lessons that the author learned. Excellent lessons that a small child taught the author. I loved the one titled 'What we Carry' as it had the quote from Chika 'your job is to carry me'...and more, so much more about her life and its lessons. And, there is humor interjected through the pages, as well. Loved it when she said 'that's my lip gloss' and 'Hmmph'
A book which also covers spirituality and what truly matters when you know you are dying.. A quote from Proverbs is mentioned 'Surely there is a future and hope will not be cut off'.
As Chika was so fond of singing 'The Sun will come out tomorrow', we should all rejoice in her short life and her innate ability to smile despite her sickness, to teach others valuable lessons and above all, live for today....there is no guarantee of a tomorrow.
A truly magnificent book and one which I am sure I will read over and over again.
Most highly recommended.. .I feel so privileged to have met Chika though the eyes of this author....
This book also makes me want to learn the Creole language. It is the language that is spoken in Haiti. I also want to try a pumpkin stew Albom describes in this book. This stew also contains potatoes, onions and beef. It sounds like a delicious meal. I enjoyed this book very much.
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The best book I've read in a long time! I'm telling everyone I know to read it. I read it in a day and half.
Although you'll need a tissue every other page, it's full of joy and hope.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2019