Praise for Lucky Broken Girl
-Jacqueline Woodson – Author of National Book Award-winning Brown Girl Dreaming
Ruth Behar’s heartfelt story, Lucky Broken Girl, is a book that reminds us how the broken places inside can heal.
– Sandra Cisneros – Author of The House on Mango Street and recipient of the National Medal of Arts
In the shadow of tragedy and fear, little Ruthie, our lucky, broken girl, finds the light of love and optimism. Although it indeed takes a village to raise a child, her story of resilience and triumph reminds us that sometimes it takes a child like Ruthie to raise a village. An engaging and magical read for children and adults alike.
– Richard Blanco – Author of The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history
Reading Lucky Broken Girl feels like meeting a courageous new friend who will be with you forever. Ruth Behar succeeds at infusing her tale of heartbreak and suffering with a glorious celebration of forgiveness and hope.
– Margarita Engle – Author of Newbery Honor Award-winning The Surrender Tree
A powerful story of fortitude and courage that will remain in the hearts of young readers.
– Marjorie Agosin – Author of Pura Belpré Award-Winning I Lived on Butterfly Hill
Ruth Behar is a Cuban-American author exploring the human fragility we all share.
As a storyteller, traveler, memoirist, poet, teacher, and public speaker, Ruth Behar is acclaimed for the compassion she brings to her quest to understand the depth of the human experience. She now makes her fiction debut with Lucky Broken Girl, a novel for young readers about how the worst of wounds can teach a child a lesson about the fragile, precious beauty of life. Born in Havana, Cuba, she grew up in New York, and has also lived in Spain and Mexico. Her recent memoirs for adults, An Island Called Home and Traveling Heavy, explore her return journeys to Cuba and her search for home as an immigrant and a traveler. She was the first Latina to win a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and her honors also include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University, and an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the Hebrew Union College. She is an anthropology professor at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.