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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Maika Moulite is one half of the writing duo of Maika and Maritza Moulite from Miami. The two sisters were born to Haitian immigrants in Miami and are the eldest among four siblings. Maika went to Florida State University from where she graduated with a bachelor’s in marketing, before she attended the University of Miami for the MBA. When She is not using her exceptional talents in digital and social marketing to help major organizations and nonprofits with their online stories, she loves to write fiction. In addition to her writing, she is also a blogger for the Daily Ellement, a lifestyle website with inspirational and diverse career guidance for women. She has asserted that she always loved strong female protagonists and young adult fantasy novels right from her early teen years. Maritza Moulite went to the University of Florida from where she got a bachelor’s in women’s studies. She also has a master’s in journalism from the University of Southern California. After graduating from college, she worked for several news organizations including USA Today, NBC News, and CNN. She has asserted that she is a huge admirer of Michelle Obama. Like her sister, she is also a blogger at Daily Ellement and has an obsession with knowledge and loves to sing. They wrote their debut novel “Dear Haiti, Love Alaine” in 2019.

Maika and Maritza Moulite have asserted that writing as a duo has been one of the most fulfilling experiences for them. Since creating stories is usually a very individualized and lonely task, they found that they could have more fun writing by bouncing ideas off of each other. By writing as a duo they find that they can share their fears and wins and keep each other sane through the process. Whenever they have an inevitable sibling disagreement while they are writing, they will simply adopt the idea of the sister that has the most passion. They feel that going with the idea of the writer with more conviction makes for a stronger story. Nonetheless, they blend their writing styles seamlessly to make for a cohesive whole that seems as if the two have been writing together for years. In their debut novel “Dear Haiti, Love Alaine,” Haiti feels like a character right from the topographical descriptions and the Kreyol proverbs that make everything come alive. The sisters get the history and culture of Haiti right and the love for their ancestral country comes through which makes for an exceptional story.

Maika Moulite and her sister were brought up in a strict household where they to go to the library when they had any downtime. As such, the sisters developed a love for reading very early on, though they never saw themselves in “The Baby-Sitters Club” and “Junie B. Jones” offerings at the children’s section. They would then embrace their Haitian heritage as young adults and see it as a source of pride rather than. The novel came about when Maritza read “Where’d You Go Bernadette” and was so impressed that she convinced her sister Maika that they needed to write about Haiti in a similar format. They set out to pen a novel that was about a girl that is getting to know herself, her culture and her mother. From the outset, they agreed that they would write a novel with plenty of heart that would make their audience feel that they got to know the feelings and life of the lead. The novel would also take one on a quest to show that Black girls too can have life-changing and crazy adventures that are also fun. They used texts, diary entries and letters, all of which were parts of a puzzle and characters in themselves. They also intended to show a Haiti different from that of deficit that is commonly portrayed in the media. They wanted to show that while some things said about Haiti are true, most are not. They created a character that shows that Haitians can also take care of their friends, family, and people. It shows a country working to make a better future and present for its children, while also telling a snarky story of the paternalistic culture of Haiti that is characterized by big hearts. Combining their marketing and journalism expertise, they combine to make a beautiful story that keeps the reader turning the pages.

“Dear Haiti, Love Alaine” by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite is a thrilling novel about Haiti. It opens to the aftermath of a disastrous class presentation by Alaine followed closely by her mother’s widely publicized meltdown. She soon learns that she is to be sent to Haiti which alludes to the common threat that most immigrant parents dangle in front of their misbehaving children. In Haiti, she reunites with estranged relatives and her mother and is soon investigating the hereditary curse that she thinks may have something to do with her mother’s meltdown. Along with the minister of Tourism for Haiti that is her aunt and the creator of an app for charitable aid, Alaine gets to learn the history of the Haitian people, visits iconic landmarks and learns about the controversial past of her family. She discovers that she is descended from the nineteenth-century queen of Haiti Marie-Louise Coidavid. She also gets to confront corruption, war, infidelity, and war in a country that is struggling to let go of its terrible past. Alaine not only gets uprooted from Miami but also gets a dose of reality on the difficulties facing her ancestral home. Maika Moulite and Maritza paint a realistic picture that shows the glamorous side of Haiti’s elite as compared to the grittier areas of the country where the low-class lives in squalor. Alain who is interested in unraveling the mystery of a family curse trawls through diaries that her mother had collected while she was teen and learns that there is more to the curse than what she had been told. Of course it would not be Haitian without the voodoo though the magic in the novel is nuanced rather than sensationalized, accessible even if mysterious. While Alaine doubts the potency of it all, she still dabbles in it in an attempt at reversing the curse that has afflicted her family for decades.

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