Farewell, Fred Voodoo by Amy Wilentz
A Letter from Haiti

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This is an easy read but a complex book, full of contradictions from a writer who’s not even sure she’s asking the right questions, especially about herself.
-Toronto Star

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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.
 

About Amy Wilentz

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Amy Wilentz is the author of The Rainy Season, Martyrs’ Crossing, and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen. She has won the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Non-Fiction Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award. She writes for The New Yorker and The Nation and teaches in the Literary Journalism program at UC Irvine.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 353 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Fountain on Jan 18 2013

For hope to be real, for it to be more than a feel-good cliché, it has to be earned. That is just one of the many valuable lessons to be found in this intimate, honest, bracingly unsentimental book.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Jan 07 2013

The problem with this book is that Ms. Wilentz can let her own anger and disillusionment undermine her reporting. She makes absurdly large generalizations about outsiders’ views of Haiti...

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Linda Diebel on Jan 18 2013

This is an easy read but a complex book, full of contradictions from a writer who’s not even sure she’s asking the right questions, especially about herself.

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