Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family Details

" 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

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tuesdays With Morrie comes Mitch Albom’s most personal story to date: an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart. 

Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince.

With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika’s arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, “No one in Haiti can help you with.”

Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.

Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding 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.

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    Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family Reviews

  • Kloe

    Mitch Albom is going to have a new book and no one here except me on goodreads is hyped for it ??!...

  • Cheri

    ”Hopelessness can be contagious. But hope can be, too, and there is no medicine to match it. Chika’s believing in us helped us believe in ourselves.” In the late 90s, a friend gave me a copy of...

  • Linden

    Author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine run an orphanage in Haiti, and they received a call that one of their favorite children, 5 year old Chika, had something very wrong. The only MRI machine in Hait...

  • Carol (Reading Ladies)

    “What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy.” ~Mitch AlbomIn Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, Mitch Albom, well-known author of ...

  • Kim Fox

    So many feelings about this book. I knew after the first chapter that I would not be able to put it down. I finished it in just under six hours. The way @mitchalbom tells a story ,is what propelled me...

  • ?Karen

    4.5 starsOh boy, this is a sad one. Prior to borrowing it, I guess I didn't read the synopsis, because all I need to know is that if Mitch Albom wrote it, I want to read it. I didn't know he was telli...

  • Rich Paz

    Well done, Mr. Albom. I would have given this book 6 stars. This is the best book you've written so far and I love all your books. And this book really tells me who you are, sincere and authentic. I c...

  • Laurene

    A beautiful heartbreaking novel. Mitch Albom puts his whole heart on display for his readers to experience the relationship he and his wife had with their daughter, Chika. Thank you, Chika, your story...

  • Sharon Huether

    Chika Jeune was born a few days before the earthquake in Haiti. After her mother died she is taken to an orphanage in Port au Prince.Mitch Albon and his wife Janie were caretakers at the orphanage. Ch...

  • Jill Jackman

    I was privileged enough to have been part of Chika’s love and life. Mitch, and his narrative allowed me to relive those years with both laughter and tears....