Dennis Rosen M.D.Associate Medical Director, Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital
Having participated in three medical relief trips to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake which devastated Port au Prince in January 2010, it was with great anticipation that I read Jonathan Katz’s The Big Truck That Went By, and Amy Wilentz’s Farewell, Fred Voodoo, both released this month in conjunction with the earthquake’s third anniversary.
I found both books riveting, and felt that they complemented each other perfectly.
Quote by Amy Wilentz:
“All the outsiders who come to Haiti and come again, and never absolutely leave, are expats of a kind. What is it they get out of Haiti? This is the mystery I was trying to solve after all. What do I get out of Haiti? What draws me back, looked at unromantically?” Reading this gave me pause, and I confess to still struggling with how to answer that question, even now that a few weeks have passed since first reading this passage.