Hispanic Heritage Month Print

Jacket cover of Julia Alvarez's

September 15th begins the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Mark the occasion by picking up Julia Alvarez's A Wedding in Haiti, a memoir chronicling her hilarious and life-changing experiences in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  Years after Alvarez promises a friend she will attend his wedding, she must fulfill her pledge by traveling across the turbulent nation of Haiti, bribing officials along the way.  A year later, she and her husband make the same journey, this time to find her friend in the devastation of the 2010 earthquake that struck the island nation.  Once we have become involved in a relationship, Alvarez declares, we are transformed by our obligation to it.  For a sampling of Hispanic authors, check out The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature.