Fiction. Jewish Studies. 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 and social sciences at Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. She holds an M.Ed from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto and an M.Phil from the City University of New York. She has served as the coordinator of Sheridan's Joint Program in Communication, Culture and Information Technology with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Her publications include works of fiction and non-fiction bridging scholarly and literary domains. Author City: OAKVILLE, ON USA