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I was a girl once, but not anymore. So begins Girl, Edna O'Brien's harrowing portrayal of the young women abducted by Boko Haram. Set in the deep countryside of northeast Nigeria, this is a brutal story of incarceration, horror, and hunger; a hair-raising escape into the manifold terrors of the forest; and a descent into the labyrinthine bureaucracy and hostility awaiting a victim who returns home with a child blighted by enemy blood. From one of the century's greatest living authors, Girl is an unforgettable story of one victim's astonishing survival, and her unflinching faith in the redemption of the human heart.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780374162559
Branch Call Number: OBRIE
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Girl : a novel


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A beautifully written yet tragic story not for the faint of heart, Edna O’Brien’s Girl is a survivalist tale based on the real-life experiences of nearly 300 Nigerian girls taken by Boko Haram. When schoolgirl Maryam is abducted in the night along with many of her classmates, she is forced into a... Read More »

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Oct 31, 2019

Terrific. Edna O'Brien once again illustrates why she is one of the great writers of her generation. A poignant and sad tale of our contemporary world and its religious/political divisions.

Oct 26, 2019

This is a harrowing story of a girl captured, with other schoolgirls, by Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria. When she escapes and returns home, she is ostracized because of her time spent as a "bush wife". It is a perfect recounting of this tragedy, wonderfully written, as always, by O'Brien. What an example of a committed author.

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