How Things Break, by Kerala Goodkin
How Things Break, by Kerala Goodkin is the winner of the Elixir Press Inaugural Fiction Award. It tells the story of Nat, a young woman who can't sit still. As the world she knows begins to crumble, mimicking the slow disintegration of the house she illegally occupies, she explores the limitations of her personal relationships, her ambition, and the small town she calls home. Kerala Goodkin began writing HOW THINGS BREAK at age 21, during her senior year at Brown University. While in college, she cofounded The Glimpse Foundation and currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of Glimpse Magazine, as well as contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler on Campus. Kerala also volunteers as the Translator and PR Coordinator for the Committee of Immigrants in Action.
Kerala Goodkin holds a B.A. from Brown University in Hispanic Studies. In 2001, she co-founded the nonprofit Glimpse Foundation and currently serves as editor-in-chief. She has traveled extensively and also lived in Bolivia for six months, where she worked as a reporter for The Bolivian Times. In addition to her work with The Glimpse Foundation, Kerala has been a contributing editor to National Geographic Traveller On Campus and currently serves as translator and public relations coordinator for the Committee of Immigrants in Action. She recently won first place in the Elixir Inaugural Fiction Contest (2004) for her first novel, How Things Break, which was subsequently published by Elixir Press in June of this year.