Ruth Behar's new novel, Lucky Broken Girl (Penguin), is reviewed in the Miami Herald

Behar, born in Havana to a Jewish Cuban family and a professor at the University of Michigan, has been traveling for decades to Cuba, where she has been deeply involved in efforts to assist the Jewish community.

Her novel, Lucky Broken Girl (Penguin), reflects her own experiences assimilating into U.S. culture as well as her anthropologist's eye for cultural diversity she found in New York City when her family arrived in 1959, she told el Nuevo Herald.