Lucky Broken Girl
By Ruth Behar (English, Paperback)
In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrativebased on the authors childhood in the 1960sa young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthies plight will intrigue readers, and her powerful story of strength and resilience, full of color, light, and poignancy, will stay with them for a long time. Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castros Cuba to New York City. Just when shes finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of Englishand enjoying her reign as her neighborhoods hopscotch queena horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthies 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, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.