My Broken Language

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In partnership with alumnae/i volunteers, Alumnae/i Relations and Development continues to collect resources and readings to guide our pursuit of positive change. As part of this work, we are launching a collective alumnae/i summer reading initiative that will culminate in an open and purposeful conversation in the fall about the advancement of antiracism at Bryn Mawr and beyond. The alumnae/i committee has selected My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes as its inaugural book. Purchase your copy today and stay tuned for more details over the summer.

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK - The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and co-writer of In the Heights tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse.

LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL - ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: NPR, New York Public Library, BookPage, and BookRiot - "Quiara Alegría Hudes is in her own league. Her sentences will take your breath away. How lucky we are to have her telling our stories."--Lin-Manuel Miranda, award-winning creator of Hamilton and In the Heights

Quiara Alegría Hudes was the sharp-eyed girl on the stairs while her family danced their defiance in a tight North Philly kitchen. She was awed by her mother and aunts and cousins, but haunted by the unspoken, untold stories of the barrio--even as she tried to find her own voice in the sea of language around her, written and spoken, English and Spanish, bodies and books, Western art and sacred altars. Her family became her private pantheon, a gathering circle of powerful orisha-like women with tragic real-world wounds, and she vowed to tell their stories--but first she'd have to get off the stairs and join the dance. She'd have to find her language.

Weaving together Hudes's love of music with the songs of her family, the lessons of North Philly with those of Yale, this is a multimythic dive into home, memory, and belonging--narrated by an obsessed girl who fought to become an artist so she could capture the world she loved in all its wild and delicate beauty.

Publication Date: 
January 11, 2022