The unnamed narrator at the centre of this novel is a Nigerian girl struggling to find her place in a brutal world that is shamefully real. Abducted as a schoolgirl by the Boko Haram, she endures violence and terror on a nightly basis. Though still a child, she becomes a mother, and life becomes yet more difficult. In her search for salvation, she wrestles with her own trauma and shame to find a way to love her daughter, while also fighting against society's prejudices. Shocking and unsettling.
- Karen McKay, Dubray Grafton St.
'By an extraordinary act of the imagination we are transported into the inner world of a girl who, after brutal abuse as a slave to Nigerian jihadis, escapes and with dogged persistence begins to rebuild her shattered life. Girl is a courageous book about a courageous spirit.' - J.M. CoetzeeCaptured, abducted and married into Boko Haram, the narrator of this story witnesses and suffers the horrors of a community of men governed by a brutal code of violence. Barely more than a girl herself, she must soon learn how to survive as a woman with a child of her own. Just as the world around her seems entirely consumed by madness, bound for hell, she is offered an escape of sorts - but only into another landscape of trials and terrors amidst the unforgiving wilds of northeastern Nigeria, through the forest and beyond; a place where her traumas are met with the blinkered judgement of a society in denial. How do we love in a world that has lost its moorings? How can we comprehend the barbarism of our enemies, and learn forgiveness for atrocities committed in the name of ideology?
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