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Twelve Unending Summers: Memoir of an Immigrant Child

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Bahamian. Haitian. American. Where can I fully belong?

At age sixteen, Cholet Josué arrived on the shores of Miami in a wooden boat—and immediately put the past behind him. More than two decades later, the elusive question of identity pursues him, forcing him to confront a difficult truth: the cultures that formed him have each indelibly stamped his soul. Courageously, Chol
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Published May 8th 2019 by Authority publishing
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    At age sixteen, Cholet Josué arrived on the shores of Miami in a Haitian wooden boat—and immediately put the past behind him.

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    Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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    The message that shines through Josue's memoir is the importance of education for young people and how, in giving this hope for the future, they can establish themselves of a firm grounding wherever they may be. Josue was born a British citizen in the Bahamas, but travelled with his Haitian parents back to Haiti at four years old. Another country, another language. Then at sixteen, and not of his own volition, he endured a rickety boat journe
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    Stephanie(yuqing) Lin
    Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    I was hooked on reading this book and could not put it down after the first few pages. The way Josué describes his emotions, anger, and feelings towards the white man and towards his own family really captivates his experience as a child of an immigrant. The dilemma of assimilation into the American white culture, and preserving his roots is one that many people can relate to. The encountering with the doctors who are insensitive and oblivious to their questions? Relatable, VALID. I
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    A. M.
    Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
    I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

    "Twelve Unending Summers" by Dr. Cholet Kelly Josué is quite a powerful memoir.

    The premise of the story surrounds the life of a Bahamian-born, Haitian man who is trying to come to terms with his identity, as he has lived the U.S. and schooled in the U.S. for a great part of his life. Truly, the story is a story about trying to find one's own identity when that identity is stretched between three very different countries.

    This book was v
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    Barbara Tsipouras
    Does the country we grow up in define our identity? How much does our heritage shape us and what's the influence of the country we now live in? Will immigrants always be "the other" or is it ever possible to fit in? And at the some time maintain ones own cultural identity? These are questions all immigrants can relate to.

    Besides his individual story the author tells us about Haiti, the difficult immigration process and racism in the USA, even blacks against blacks, being poor and the value of ed
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    BooksAndRae
    May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
    I received an arc of this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book.

    It was interesting to read about the life of the author but throughout the whole book I could just feel something was missing.

    I wasn't fully emersed in the story and found myself browsing past a few parts and I think it was due to how the story was structured and layered out to read.

    It was different and eye opening, reading about Haitian
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    Emi Bevacqua
    Dr. Josue is an especially earnest autobiographer, I really felt for him through all his travails and at this time in history it is so important that we listen to and learn about the experiences of undocumented illegals. As a bi-racial American born abroad, I can relate to Cholet's pleaful bid to find his true self. I am heartened by the fact that he has family with him in America, I hope they have all managed to get legalized somehow as well.

    I do think this book would have been easier to read
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    Nina
    Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley for this opportunity.

    Dr. Cholet Kelly Josué, a Bahamian man of Haitian descent, pens this very personal memoir of his struggles to find his identity between his three "homes": Haiti, Bahamas, and the US. He has spent a greater part of his life in the US where he completed his studies and continues to work full-time.

    Josué carefully describes the racial tension that exists in the places he grew up. Those in Haiti don't
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    Rhiannon
    Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    This was a very emotional and important read espcally in todays society. I felt the pain and the emotions that this meomir had in it. I felt the struggle of not belonging and finding your own identy in this world when you have moved around a lot. I think that everyone should read this and a a society we should treat our Immigrants with Respect and understanding. some of them do work hard but also struggle to call somwere home this is what this book conveys. 4 out of 5 stars from me. Thanks to ne ...more
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    Cholet Kelly Josué is a Bahamian-born Haitian American author and physician seeking a home among the three cultures that have played a role in his life. Born in the Bahamas of Haitian parents who wanted their children to experience their ancestral roots, Cholet moved to Haiti with his siblings when he was four years old. There he spent the next twelve years of his life reveling in a simple and dec ...more