Hold Tight, Don't Let Go (Hardcover)

A Novel of Haiti

By Laura Rose Wagner

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419712043, 272pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

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About the Author

Laura Rose Wagner has a PhD in anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She lived in Port-au-Prince from 2009 to 2012, and survived the earthquake. She travels to Haiti often, and founded a creative writing group for young people there.

Praise For Hold Tight, Don't Let Go: A Novel of Haiti

"An insightful disaster-survival story with far-reaching emotional resonance."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Wagner’s portrait of Haitian culture is particularly compelling, and her descriptions of the settings of the city and Tonton Élie’s country hometown are lush, despite the nation’s dire circumstances."

— Publishers Weekly

"[R]eaders will be buoyed by the hopeful future the author imagines for Magdalie and for Haiti."

— Amina Chaudhri

“There have been literary works that highlight the devastation of the earthquake, but Hold Tight Don’t Let Go is unique in that it highlights the two years after—what international aid really looks like, how temporary situations become permanent, and the how profound losses affect those who are left.”

— Susannah Goldstein, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

"Wagner paints a convincing picture of post-earthquake survival...Treatment of Haitian cultural traditions is fascinating and respectful."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books