07 Jan Finding Chika by Mitch Albom
A celebration of life
Born just before the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, and orphaned soon after, Chika Jeune was left in the care of the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage run by author Mitch Albom.
Then fate struck another cruel blow when Chika was diagnosed, aged just five, with a brain tumour.
Unwilling to give up on the little girl, Mitch and his wife Janine took her to America, into their homes and hearts. Sadly, there was to be no cure, but the cheeky, charming Chika left a legacy of love that is poignantly described in Finding Chika.
Like Albom’s previous best-seller, Tuesdays With Morrie, which chronicles his friendship with his old college tutor, living with dignity despite motor neurone disease, Finding Chika is a celebration of life.
The little girl weaves her way into the pages in the most natural way, a bundle of energy who surprises Albom with her comings and goings in his study, chatting and joking with him just as she did when she was alive.
As the author reflects on Chika’s short life, he shares with us her optimism and indefatigability, as she faces challenges head on, enduring gruelling treatment, making new friends and meeting her natural father for the very first time.
As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that while Mitch Albom did his best for Chika, she did even more for him; teaching him that that bonds can never be broken, that love has no mortal bounds.
Finding Chika is more than just a story of a little girl and her loving guardians; it’s a beautiful, philosophical message of hope, gratitude and even joy.
Of course the author grieves for Chika, but she lives on in his heart, just as she will in yours.
Published by Sphere