38 Seconds by Michelle Rouzier
Beyond The Breaking Point

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Three lives converge in Haiti at a crucial moment in the country’s history –
Pierre Dubois, a university professor, was born in Haiti into an upper-class family. Despite well-entrenched social barriers, he forges a lifelong friendship with Noel Beauchamps, also Haiti-born, who rose from the ranks of the very poor to become a medical doctor. Felipe Rosado, a doctoral student and Pierre’s teaching assistant, is a native of the Dominican Republic, the country that shares the border with Haiti. He embarks on his academic research in Haiti while at the same time seeking to satisfy his curiosity about his Haitian-born mother’s past. Felipe’s experiences culminate with the unspeakable tragedy of the earthquake that wreaked havoc in Haiti on January 12, 2010. Both intimate and multigenerational, the stories of Pierre, Noel, Felipe, and the people they encounter, speak of life in Haiti itself -- struggles, losses, and defeats, countered with joys, resilience, triumphs, and hope for a better tomorrow. Set against the backdrop of overcrowded, effervescent cities and the raw beauty of mountains and lush river valleys, this luminous book is certain to forever change the way you see Haiti, its history, and its people.

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M. & J. Rouzier is a pen name for siblings Michelle and Jean-Noel Rouzier. Born and raised in Haiti, they emigrated to attend university and eventually settled in the United States of America. Their goal in writing this book was to pass on their Haitian heritage to their American-raised children and grandchildren. The authors called on their vivid memories and their intimate familiarity with the rhythms of life in Haiti to weave the story and develop the fictional characters in a way they feel is true to Haiti, her history, and her people. Both retired, the siblings now live in Florida and Pennsylvania. This is their first book.
Published November 14, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 391 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, Rosado returns to his mother’s hometown of Duchity, only to find no trace of her existence, which sets in motion a series of surprising yet not entirely unpredictable narrative twists.

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