A girl scarred by her past, a refugee mother uncertain of
her future, and the five little girls who brought them together
After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties, Sarah
Thebarge fled everything—her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed
relationship on the East Coast—and started over in Portland, Oregon. She was
hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life, but instead she met
Hadhi and her daughters, and set out on an adventure she’d never anticipated.
Hadhi was fighting battles of her own. A Somali refugee
abandoned by her husband, she was struggling to raise five young daughters in a
culture she didn’t understand. When their worlds collided, Hadhi and the girls
were on the brink of starvation in their own home, “invisible” in a
neighborhood of strangers. As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate
American life, her outreach to the family became a source of courage and a
lifeline for herself.
Poignant, and at times shattering, Sarah Thebarge’s riveting
memoir invites listeners into her story, finding connection, love, and
redemption in the most unexpected places.
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