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Author: Edna O’Brien Narrator: Sheila Atim Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2019 ISBN: 9781250254450
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This program is read by Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress, Sheila Atim.

Girl, Edna O’Brien’s hotly anticipated new novel, envisages the lives of the Boko Haram girls in a masterpiece of violence and tenderness.

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.

Praise for Girl:

“Edna O’Brien tells this story with such compassion and understanding that the very disturbing events she relates are uplifting—and unforgettable. An utterly unique achievement.” — Ian McKellen

“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

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Quotes & Awards

  • "[A] fearsome new novel.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “In Girl she…makes the daring choice to tell this terrible tale in the protagonist’s own words—an eighty-eight-year-old Irish woman speaking in the voice of a barely pubescent Nigerian girl.”

    The Atlantic

  • “A feat of empathy and imagination.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “With unflinching detail, O’Brien describes barbaric murders and gang rapes and deep soul damage…There are flashes of beauty, wit, and succor here, too, as O’Brien’s extraordinary hero begins to heal in a land beset by psychotic violence.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Succeeds in putting a personal face on an international tragedy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • An O Magazine Pick of Must-Read Books for Fall

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About the Author

Edna O’Brien is the author of numerous books, including the Country Girls trilogy, A Fanatic Heart, The Light of Evening, and Saints and Sinners. She was awarded the 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. She is the recipient of the James Joyce Ulysses Medal and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.