The Good Hurt is a family memoir that sets out to excavate beauty and healing from our most challenging experiences. The reader joins Ella in an exploration of childhood belonging, family secrets, and the ghosts that haunt us. She retraces her ancestors’ steps, going back to post-revolution Nicaragua, 27 years since her family fled and a booming city in China that use to be her grandfather’s small village. These family journeys are juxtaposed by her average American upbringing in which she never quite belonged. Ultimately these stories collide to demonstrate the healing power of language and storytelling.