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Girl

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Pub Date: 05/09/2019
Publisher: Faber & Faber Ltd.
ISBN: 9780571341177
Availability: In Stock
Quick overview A Dubray Staff Recommended Read. 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.
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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. Coetzee

Captured, 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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