The Bottom Line
- Gripping true story of a segment of society you may not be familiar with
- Liz recounts her immensely under-privileged life without a trace of bitterness
- The length makes reading it quite a commitment and at times the story seems unnecessarily drawn out
- It's not clear how Murray changes her mindset so dramatically; this left me disaffected near the end
- 'Breaking Night' by Liz Murray was published in September 2010
- Publisher: Hyperion
- 352 pages
Guide Review - 'Breaking Night' by Liz Murray - Book Review
For a middle-class person not intimately familiar with the day-to-day life of families living in poverty compounded by the issues of drug abuse and mental illness, Breaking Night is truly an eye-opener. Since Murray and I were born in the same year, I felt a connection to her. As I read what her life was like at 4, 9, 12, and 16, I was both fascinated and heartbroken to realize how starkly different it was from mine.
Though a heavyhearted story, Murray writes in an engaging way void of self-pity. She's tender in depicting her parents, saying they couldn't give her what they didn't have. Her unconditional love for them is as inspiring as it is surprising. Breaking Night is an important, inspirational read that might even spur you to action.