Twelve Unending Summers: Memoir of an Immigrant Child

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Bahamian. Haitian. American. Where can I fully belong?

At age sixteen, Cholet Josué arrived on the shores of Miami in a wooden boat—and immediately put the past behind him. More than two decades later, the elusive question of identity pursues him, forcing him to confront a difficult truth: the cultures that formed him have each indelibly stamped his soul. Courageously, Cholet dismantles his own story to uncover a way to unashamedly, unabashedly fit in with three different worlds while belonging to none.

Honest and compelling, Twelve Unending Summers is a deeply personal journey that resonates with the universal human need to find a home and embrace the legacy of family heritage.

Sneak Peek

I took the Greyhound bus all the way back to Pompano Beach. My lifetime dream to play soccer had gone up in smoke and my new reality was vividly playing out in front of me: I could not go to school. I could barely work, and it was becoming apparent that my situation was not normal.

When I first landed in the US, I had thought I would resume living the life I’d had in Haiti, holding on to the same dreams that had been with me since I was a child. But I came to America so naïve. I’d had no idea how hard it would be to even attempt getting a crack at those dreams. Throughout the long bus ride back, I sat in a daze, unsure what my future could hold now.