Breaking night: (Urban slang) staying up through the night,
until the sun rises
Breaking Night is
the stunning memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the
streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard.
Liz Murray was born to loving but drug-addicted parents in
the Bronx. In school she was taunted for her dirty clothing and lice-infested
hair, eventually skipping so many classes that she was put into a girls’ home.
At age fifteen, Liz found herself on the streets when her family finally
unraveled. She learned to scrape by, foraging for food and riding subways all
night to have a warm place to sleep.
When Liz’s mother died of AIDS, she decided to take control
of her own destiny and go back to high school, often completing her assignments
in the hallways and subway stations where she slept. Liz squeezed four years of
high school into two, while homeless; won a New
York Times scholarship; and made it into the Ivy League. Breaking Night is an unforgettable and
beautifully written story of one young woman’s indomitable spirit to survive
and prevail, against all odds. Download and start listening now!