Mitch Albom, bestselling author of Tuesdays With Morrie, will release the nonfiction story Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, & the Making of a Family through HarperCollins in November of this year.
Only a few days before the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, a little girl named Chika was born and transferred to an orphanage in Port Au Prince—the same orphanage run by Mitch Albom and his wife.
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Chika remained at the orphanage until she was five, when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and Albom and his wife decided to bring her with them to the U.S. in search of a cure. Tragically, Chika passed away in 2017 at the age of seven. Albom’s book Chika will commemorate the way in which her short life will forever impact Albom and his wife.
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Albom remarked on Chika’s legacy in an interview with the Free Press:
We learned so much from Chika’s journey with us, the incomparable joy of children and the amazing lessons of parenting. The book is an upbeat celebration of an incredible kid and her lucky-to-have-her guardians, even if it was written through a few tears.
The book is sure to be a tear-jerker, but it’s also sure to be a moving story that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.