As a professor in the social sciences, Gail Benick wrote analytical accounts about migrants and diasporic people based on statistical and historical data. However, several years ago a story came to her that she had to tell differently.
Initially the story surfaced as images and feelings. Then it started to evolve, fuelled by her deeply felt question, “How do people who have experienced horrific trauma clear the decks and start over in a new country that they know nothing about?”
Benick’s imagination and memories began to weave a tale, drawing on aspects of her family history.
The narrative developed into her first novella, The Girl Who Was Born That Way.