Farewell, Fred Voodoo
A Letter from Haiti
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, this is a brilliant writer’s account of a long, painful, ecstatic—and unreciprocated—affair with a country that has long fascinated the world.
A foreign correspondent on a simple story becomes, over time and in the pages of this book, a lover of Haiti, pursuing the heart of this beautiful and confounding land into its darkest corners and brightest clearings. Farewell, Fred Voodoo is a journey into the depths of the human soul as well as a vivid portrayal of the nation’s extraordinary people and their uncanny resilience. Haiti has found in Amy Wilentz an author of astonishing wit, sympathy, and eloquence.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
This book is at times tortured, at times hopeful, at times illuminating; a mini masterpiece and as fine a book on Haiti as can be written. The author's decades of immersion in and love of Haiti seem often to be at odds with her razor sharp observations and conclusions.
There are no easy answers hear, too often no answers at all, and Wilentz manages, with an open heart, to keep it very real.