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Author: Dionne Searcey Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Release Date: March 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593167625

Publisher Description

When a reporter for The New York Times uproots her family to move to West Africa, she manages her new role as breadwinner while finding women cleverly navigating extraordinary circumstances in a forgotten place for much of the Western world.

 

“A story you will not soon forget.”—Kathryn Bigelow, Academy Award–winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty

In 2015, Dionne Searcey was covering the economy for The New York Times, living in Brooklyn with her husband and three young children. Saddled with the demands of a dual-career household and motherhood in an urban setting, her life was in a rut. She decided to pursue a job as the paper’s West Africa bureau chief, an amazing but daunting opportunity to cover a swath of territory encompassing two dozen countries and 500 million people. Landing with her family in Dakar, Senegal, she quickly found their lives turned upside down as they struggled to figure out their place in this new region, along with a new family dynamic where she was the main breadwinner flying off to work while her husband stayed behind to manage the home front.

 

In Pursuit of Disobedient Women follows Searcey’s sometimes harrowing, sometimes rollicking experiences of her work in the field, the most powerful of which, for her, center on the extraordinary lives and struggles of the women she encounters. As she tries to get an American audience subsumed by the age of Trump and inspired by a feminist revival to pay attention, she is gone from her family for sometimes weeks at a time, covering stories like Boko Haram–conscripted teen-girl suicide bombers or young women in small villages shaking up social norms by getting out of bad marriages. Ultimately, Searcey returns home to reconcile with skinned knees and school plays that happen without her and a begrudging husband thrown into the role of primary parent.

 

Life, for Searcey, as with most of us, is a balancing act. She weaves a tapestry of women living at the crossroads of old-fashioned patriarchy and an increasingly globalized and connected world. The result is a deeply personal and highly compelling look into a modern-day marriage and a world most of us have barely considered. Readers will find Searcey’s struggles, both with her family and those of the women she meets along the way, familiar and relatable in this smart and moving memoir.

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Quotes

  • “Compulsively readable and searingly hones…At times deeply uncomfortable and moving, yet filled with humor and honesty, this is a book that everyone should read.”

    - Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Through Searcey’s stunning descriptions and humorously self-deprecating honesty, we gain insight into the relentless reporting required for such outstanding journalism, while shedding light on the never-ending juggle to balance work and home life as a foreign correspondent.”

    - Lynsey Addario, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Searcey’s fearless reporting on Boko Haram’s survivors is as compassionate as it is unrelenting. It’s a story you will not soon forget.”

    - Kathryn Bigelow, Academy Award–winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty
  • Beautifully chronicles the sometimes harrowing challenges women in West Africa face as well as their triumphs.

    - Oby Ezekwesili, global women’s advocate, founder of Bring Back Our Girls and former education minister of Nigeria
  • “In turns funny, wise, sad, and terrifying, Searcey vividly puts the reader in her shoes and compellingly details the often ignored stories of women who live through conflict every day, including her own.”

    - Kim Barker, author of The Taliban Shuffle
  • “Gracefully moving between the personal and the geopolitical…a rare book that manages to be both entertaining, thought-provoking, and utterly transporting.”

    - Ian Urbina, author of The Outlaw Ocean

Awards

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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About the Narrator

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won numerous Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.