With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika’s arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, “No one in Haiti can help you with.”
Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.
Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed—a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.
As Cole grows up, it becomes clear that he is just as dangerous and destructive as the storm he was born out of, a dark force of nature himself. With a mother’s fierce love and profound guilt, Grace tries to see him as the man he is, and herself as the woman she could have been.
In this entertaining and enlightening novel, chapters alternate between scenes in which our everywoman and her teacher discuss Life, and scenes in which she's living her everyday life (interacting with her husband, children, co-workers, and friends) and applying what she's learned.
Each chapter ends with three Awakenings, pointed questions that encourage the reader to examine her own thoughts, beliefs, and life; and that encourage discussion.
* The Wisdom Chronicles is a perfect reading group book.