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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui Narrator: Meera Simhan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780307712561
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Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night. She was only ten years old.

Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled—not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money. When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood’s case and fought the archaic system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age. Since their unprecedented victory in April 2008, Nujood’s courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has attracted a storm of international attention. Her story even incited change in Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries, where underage marriage laws are being increasingly enforced and other child brides have been granted divorces.

Recently honored alongside Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice as one of Glamour magazine’s women of the year, Nujood now tells her full story for the first time. As she guides us from the magical, fragrant streets of the Old City of Sana’a to the cement-block slums and rural villages of this ancient land, her unflinching look at an injustice suffered by all too many girls around the world is at once shocking, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A powerful new autobiography...It’s hard to imagine that there have been many younger divorcées—or braver ones—than a pint-size third grader named Nujood Ali. Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
  • “Shocking...captures the social challenges facing Yemen better than any scholarly work could hope to do. Washington Post
  • “Her case has brought international exposure to the archaic practice of robbing girls of their youth. People (Four Stars)
  • An international icon of tenacity and courage. New Yorker
  • One of the greatest women I have ever seen . . . She set an example with her courage. Hillary Clinton
  • This book took my breath away. It broke my heart but put it back together again with a renewed hope in the staggering power of the human spirit. What Nujood did to save her life was a miracle; that she did it as a ten-year-old child is, quite simply, astounding. Carolyn Jessop, author of Escape and Triumph
  • Nujood and all other girls like her who are traded like objects deserve to be heard. This important book gives them a voice and sheds light on an ugly secret that has destroyed the lives of children for centuries. Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran
  • Simple and straightforward in its telling, this is an informative and thoroughly engaging narrative. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muriel | 5/24/2011

    " Challenges one's thinking on what a ten-year-old can do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rajitha | 5/19/2011

    " it is appalling to know that a girl so young was married, but the book doesnt rly touch you the way it should. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nellie | 5/18/2011

    " Easy read. Only took a few hours. Excellant "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 5/14/2011

    " This book was very eye opening, Her courage and determination at age 10 amazes me. I really hope to hear more about Nujood and all her accomplishments as she gets older.

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 5/13/2011

    " Very disturbing, and another dope slap of the reality that goes on in that part of the world...so happy to be an American... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/11/2011

    " I would absolutely recommend reading this book. It's based on a true story, and will change your life. The things this girl goes through are insane! And it's interesting to read about how the culture is over there...it will make you appreciate your life in so many ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steevigh | 5/11/2011

    " Wow...just amazing what this girl went through. Her story is so unlike anything I've ever read. This was one I couldn't put down, I had to see how it ended. Mind-blowing. "

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About the Narrator

Meera Simhan is a film and stage actress who was born in England and raised in San Diego. Her first lead film role was as Linda Jones in Date Movie in 2006. Since then she has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Iron Man, Law & Order, The Young and the Restless, and The Mentalist.