Review of "Breaking Night" by Liz Murray
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This article reviews a book called "Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and my Journey From Homeless to Harvard", which was later made into a video.
Liz Murray and sister Lisa was born to drug addicted parents in the Bronx. Her parents had sold dope illegally and her father was in prison at her birth. For several years, her Mom got free of the drugs and got public and private assistance for maintaining a clean home, while still drinking somewhat.
Upon his release from prison, her father reappeared and life became crazier and crazier as time went on. At age 13, Child Welfare took Liz into custody. Her Mom left her Dad for another man and Welfare deemed it OK for her Mom and "Brick" to have custody.
Liz Talks About Her Story
Breaking Night: A Memoir
Alcoholism Continues, Homelessness Ensues
Brick was a hard-living and extremely difficult man to live with. Liz witnessed his abuse of her mother and her mother continued to drink, becoming legally blind.
Finally, Liz left at age 15 to the streets, behind in school, yet determined to succeed. With other kids hiding her out and a street family, she was on her way.
Success to her, this meant a high school degree. With some deception from her Dad, she succeeded in this endeavor while being homeless and living with friends or sleeping in apartment stairwells for warmth during New York winters.
Doing homework whereever, she earned her degree plus a $25,000 scholarship to Harvard. I found this an amazing story of fortitude!
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Breaking Night Video
A Made for TV movie was made of the Liz Murray Story including an interview with Liz Murray. This was nominated for 3 Emmy's including Outstanding Made-for-TV Movie.
I often use videos to see if I am interested in investing the time to read a book. This video was very interesting to my perspective as a westerner. I am very unfamiliar with New York and all its boroughs like the Bronx.
The actress, I thought was wonderful and portrayed the situation as well as possible given the short period of time. As usual, I followed up with the book for detail. I recommend them both very highly.