My Broken Language by Quiara Alegria Hudes


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.

“Quiara Alegria 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

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Quiara Alegria Hudes was the sharp-eyed girl on the stairs while her  family danced in her grandmother’s tight South Philly kitchen, “frizzy  hair cut short, bangs teased into stiff clouds, sweat glistening in the  summer fog, pamper-butt babies weaving between legs.” Quiara was  awed by her aunts and uncles and cousins, but haunted by the secrets  of the family and the unspoken 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 of  powerful orishas with tragic 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 langauge.

This is an inspired exploration of home, family, memory, and belonging, narrated by the obsessed girl who fought to become an artist so she  could capture the world she loved in all its wild and delicate beauty.

My Broken Language by Quiara Alegria Hudes
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