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. (From MacMillan)
Girl is available in Oct. 2019.
O'Brien published her first novel, The Country Girls, in 1960. Her most recent books include The Little Red Chairs and The Light of Evening. She was awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature in 2018.
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