“A Girl Named Lovely is a graceful and moving memoir. Full of warmth and wisdom, it opens your eyes and your heart to those in need, invites you to step into their world, and, finally, inspires you to find a way to help.” - Amanda Lindhout, bestselling author of A House in the Sky
“This is a beautiful and tenderly told story, at times shocking, always illuminating. Catherine takes us into the heart of Haiti but also into her own conflicted heart, where her professionalism collides with her humanity. Ultimately, it’s a little Haitian girl who shows Catherine how she can be—at once—a compassionate person, a rigorous journalist, and a loving mother. A Girl Named Lovely is a book that will resonate with readers long after the final poignant pages.” - Carol Off, bestselling author of All We Left Behind
“As any good journalist knows—and Porter is as dedicated and enterprising as they come—there is the story you set out to write and the one you find on the ground when objectivity confronts reality. . . . In this absorbing account, Porter opens her heart as well as her notebook to walk the fine line between her job as a reporter and her soul as a compassionate human being. The result is a clear-eyed, unflinching narrative that will move even the flintiest and jaundiced of readers.” - Sandra Martin, award-winning journalist & author of A Good Death
“We often do not appreciate how precious life is until we witness with our own eyes real human suffering. A Girl Named Lovely shows that each and every one of us has the power to help, and that sometimes, the simplest acts can plant the seeds for a new life for a person in need. This book needs to be heard. Read it, appreciate it, and let it inspire you to help.” - Tima Kurdi, bestselling author of The Boy on the Beach
“Porter sums up Haiti in all its charm and complexity. An intimate and cautionary tale about the ethics of charity and development, A Girl Named Lovely is also an important story about love across cultural lines and what commitment to others really means.” - Amy Wilentz, award-winning author of Farewell, Fred Voodoo
“A Girl Named Lovely is a must read. Catherine Porter provides us with understanding and hope about Haiti, free of platitudes and bromides. It’s a story of compassion and resilience.” - Bob Rae, bestselling author of What's Happened to Politics?
"Powerful and searching, Porter’s book offers an unforgettable account of how one woman’s humanitarian gestures not only changed her, but also made a difference in the lives of people living in unimaginable misery. A movingly candid memoir about finding some measure of hope in 'the poorest country in the western hemisphere.'" - Kirkus Reviews
“A Girl Named Lovely is more than a good story. It’s also a fascinating exploration of the complexities of giving. . . . Amid the messy complications, corruption and devastation, Lovely stands as a small, poignant symbol of hope, and this book as an eloquent testament to humanity’s imperfect optimism. Highly readable and heart-wrenchingly affecting.” - Toronto Star
"Porter has a gift for letting the people she meets tell their own stories in their own words, moving us to feel real joy and real dismay with Lovely’s family, and awe at the simple caring so evident in so many." - Winnipeg Free Press
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