Finding Chika - Mitch Albom

Finding Chika

By Mitch Albom

  • Release Date: 2019-11-05
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 310 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

"Mitch Albom has done it again with this moving memoir of love and loss. You can’t help but fall for Chika. A page-turner that will no doubt become a classic.” --Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club and The Art of Memoir

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tuesdays With Morrie comes Mitch Albom’s most personal story to date: an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart. 

Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince.

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.

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Latest Impressions

  • Heartbreakingly poignant.

    5
    By Stickdudekiller12345678910
    I couldn’t put it down, so well written I felt the loss of Chika when she passed.
  • Beautiful child.

    5
    By wag65
    Typical Mitch Albom, glorious. Nobody does it better than Mitch.
  • A kiss from God.

    5
    By CDR-1 of 7
    Phenomenal. So touching and loving. A kiss and touch from God through the special gift of Chika.
  • Tear Jerker

    5
    By Spy Life
    Man. This was a good but tough read at the end. Not in a bad way but a heart pulling way. Mitch is such a great writer. The way he writes makes you feel like you are literally standing with him in the moment. I’ve only cried in two books. One being another Mitch book but now I’ve cried at three books thanks to this one. Unbelievable. Thank you Mitch for this story. And a note to Chika. Thank you for impacting this world. Your legacy and joy live on through us.
  • Enjoyed the read

    5
    By SM from TX
    Very sweet and loving story
  • Another amazing story by Mitch Albom

    5
    By Ssergub
    Amazing, brilliant, well written, thoughtful, and tearful
  • A beautiful story of love and what makes a family!

    5
    By I was Lost but now I'm FOUND
    Mitch Albom is my #1 favorite author. I’ve read all of his books and each hold a different place in my heart. This story occupies the largest portion. In this book, Mitch allows you to embark on a very personal journey of loving a child that not only changed his life, but also anyone who reads this book. Grab a box of tissues, you’ll need them!
  • Finding Chica

    5
    By Mt. Millie
    His best book yet!
  • Another heartfelt, endearing and captivating story from Mitch Albom

    5
    By kaykaybean13
    I’ve read every book he’s written and this is the most beautifully written story that captures an extraordinary, remarkable and enchanting little girl who’s personality grabs your heartstrings and holds on forever. A precious reminder of how fleeting life is and how important it is to savor the moment and make time to share your love and experienceswith those you love before all else. Nothing is more important than the connections and bonds we have here while on our journey in this life. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is certainly the greatest gift of all and those who know just how blessed they are to have that experience are the ones whose lives are lived best. God Bless Janine and Mitch and especially their beautiful little Chika. Thank you for reminding me again how beautiful life is and how important it is to love and allow ourselves to be loved