What Does Heritage Mean to You?

Twelve Unending Summers: Memoir of an Immigrant Child is a heart-searching exploration of cultural heritage as the guiding light in the turbulent life of a young Bahamian-Haitian boy.

After the loss of his father and a traumatic separation from his beloved ancestral homeland of Haiti, fifteen-year-old Cholet arrived in Miami as an undocumented immigrant. Yet even when he had little else, traditions and rituals were a constant companion, providing direction and guidance in a world where he often felt like an outsider.

Readers will follow Cholet back to Haiti as he unravels the mysteries of the past and the historical threads that bind family together. Twelve Unending Summers is a story of love and loss and resilience, and above all gratitude—gratitude for the gift of heritage in the midst of uncertainty.

If you care about the stories of the people who came before you, you are invited to join the conversation on the blog, where Cholet will discuss the gifts of heritage and ritual with insights from the world of neuroscience and excerpts from his upcoming memoir. Please feel free to comment and ask questions.

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