Julie Ekkers's Reviews > Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

Breaking Night by Liz Murray
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Oct 08, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir
Read in September, 2010

Breaking Night is a memoir by a young woman who was homeless, but managed to graduate from high school and then Harvard. What I loved most about this book is that it seemed real--i.e. she experienced all of these life-derailing events as a child and does not seem to gloss over in any way the immaturity and naiveté with which she responded to some of them. This is wonderful because it makes her ultimate triumph over homelessness largely through grit that much more compelling. She is not homeless for the whole of the story. She recounts her early childhood when she lived with her two crack-addicted parents. Her view of them, it should be noted, is remarkably compassionate. I found her incredibly brave and strong to see addiction as the root of her family’s troubles, rather than the addicts themselves.

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