Episode # 37

Lucky Broken Girl

Ruth Behar

In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in NYC when her American dream is derailed by a car accident.
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Nancy Paulsen Books




Lucky Broken Girl

This semi-autobiographical story is told from the perspective of a Cuban-Jewish girl, Ruthie Mizrahi, beginning shortly after Ruthie and her family emigrate from Castro’s Cuba to New York. Ruthie is just beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English and enjoying her reign as the hopscotch queen when a car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long convalescence. As Ruthie’s world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends and neighbors can sweeten even the worst of times. This powerful story of a young girl’s strength and resilience is full of color, light, and poignancy, and will stay with readers for a long time.

Praise for Lucky Broken Girl

“Ruth Behar’s heartfelt story, Lucky Broken Girl, reminds us all of the broken places within ourselves. A book for anyone mending from childhood wounds.”
Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

“A powerful story of fortitude and courage that will remain in the hearts of young readers. A literary gem masterfully crafted that will also transform your soul.”
Marjorie Agosin, author of I Lived on Butterfly Hill

Ruth Behar is an acclaimed author of adult fiction and nonfiction, and Lucky Broken Girl is her first book for young readers. She was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in New York, and has also lived and worked in Spain and Mexico. An anthropology professor at the University of Michigan, she is also co-editor of Women Writing Culture, editor of Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba, and co-editor of The Portable Island: Cubans at Home in the World. Her honors include a MacArthur “Genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. Much in demand as a public speaker, Ruth’s speaking engagements have taken her to the United States, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Finland, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Poland, England, the Netherlands, Japan, and New Zealand.
www.ruthbehar.com | @ruthbehar