The Girl Who Was Born that Way by Gail BenickThe Girl Who Was Born that Way by Gail Benick

The Girl Who Was Born that Way

byGail Benick

Paperback | April 26, 2015

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The Girl Who Was Born That Way is the story of the Berk family, not exactly an ordinary Jewish family, trying to bury its Holocaust past while starting over in post-war USA. The novel centers on the dynamics between the family's four daughters, the two oldest girls who grew up in the Lodz Ghetto and he two youngest who came of age in an idyllic American suburb. The story is told from the perspective of the youngest child in the family, whose sisterly love and compassion drive the novel's action. Can her curiosity bring the family's dark Holocaust history into the open? Can she save her anorexic third sister whose short stature and physical anomalies are a source of family embarrassment and shame? The Girl Who Was Born That Way considers the life of immigrants living in the diaspora, the miracle of their survival and their helplessness when faced with the disabling condition of their third daughter.
Gail Benick is a professor in the humanities at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Ontario. Her teaching and research focus on immigration, diaspora and storytelling. Her work has appeared in Jewish Fiction. Net and the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, among other publications.
Title:The Girl Who Was Born that WayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 8 inPublished:April 26, 2015Publisher:Inanna PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771332131

ISBN - 13:9781771332132


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book Four sisters + one birth disorder = a great read. A sympathetic portrayal of a family coming to grips with a daughter affected by Turner’s Syndrome in the 1950s. A reminder of the astounding progress that has been made by such organizations as The Turner’s Syndrome Society to support young girls and teenagers with Turner’s and to break the silence. I also liked the way the story of surviving the holocaust was woven into the book
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Photograph Gail Benick beautifully crafted The Girl Who Was Born That Way. Each word so carefully chosen. It's as if Gail picked up the Brownie camera and took a photograph and captured that time so well.
Date published: 2015-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Small Gem Like the main character in this remarkable novella, The Girl Who Was Born That Way is a small gem. It's a quick and easy read with a profound message about what it means to be different. An important book for the mental health community.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read! With this story, Gail Benick creates the world of the Berks, a family of Holocaust survivors in post-war St. Louis. She skillfully crafts portraits of the four unforgettable Berk sisters who struggle to understand what unites and separates them. A bittersweet coming-of-age novella for adult and young adult readers alike.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A loving yet fractured family struggles with the past and the present. All-of-a-Kind Family for a 21st century young adult. A sensitive and moving portrayal of a family of Holocaust -survivor parents and their four daughters in post-war St. Louis. Benick's skill creates and brings these complex and, ultimately, heart wrenching relationships to the reader directly and with profound empathy.
Date published: 2015-05-18