Following God One Step at a Time

Historical Fiction in Haiti

on August 21, 2020
This book is called “Zo” short for Zwazo, the main character.

I love books that make me feel like I am there in the location! This book told me a lot about Haiti and its culture. Zo moves around so we “see” fishing villages, construction sites, the cities of Jeremie and Port-au-Prince, and mountain hillsides.

Zo is a poor orphan boy, but he works hard and makes a good life. He has a strong will to not give up. He learns to do various jobs, so he can make some money. He also has a young woman that he loves. Yes, there is a compelling love story here.

This book also includes the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. The damage is described in first person, and so are the rescue attempts. I really felt that I was there watching.

Here in the U.S. I had read news about the earthquake, because I have friends who live in Haiti, but this book made it real. It really describes the damage and the changes in Haiti due to the earthquake.

This is the author’s first book. Xander Miller wrote a compelling story, rich in emotion, reality, and Haiti’s people. I am glad I read it, and feel I know Haiti a bit better now.

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3 responses to “Historical Fiction in Haiti

  1. This sounds fascinating! My brother-in-law went on a relief trip to Haiti after that earthquake. It was very life-changing for him.


    • You know I have heard that from other people too — life-changing! That earthquake was so devastational! This book helped me understand better what people went through after the earthquake, living there, and going there for rescue missions and medical missions. I have a few missionary friends that live there most of the year, who were very involved in helping people rebuild their homes, and gave them shelter until then. (Just so you know, if you want to read the book, it does have a lot of sex in it and a few cuss words. It’s not a Christian perspective.) It does give a pretty real picture of life in Haiti.

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