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Girl

Girl

by Edna O'Brien
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/10/2019
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Girl, Edna O'Brien's 'courageous' (J.M. Coetzee) new novel, is an unforgettable depiction of one woman's abduction by Boko Haram.

Captured, abducted and married into Boko Haram, the narrator of this story witnesses and suffers the horrors of a community of men governed by a brutal code of violence. Barely more than a girl herself, she must soon learn how to survive as a woman with a child of her own.

Just as the world around her seems entirely consumed by madness, bound for hell, she is offered an escape of sorts - but only into another landscape of trials and terrors amidst the unforgiving wilds of northeastern Nigeria, through the forest and beyond; a place where her traumas are met with the blinkered judgement of a society in denial.

How do we love in a world that has lost its moorings? How can we comprehend the barbarism of our enemies, and learn forgiveness for atrocities committed in the name of ideology?

ISBN:
9780571341177
9780571341177
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-10-2019
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
216x135x16mm
Weight:
0.27kg

"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

Edna O'Brien

Since her debut novel The Country Girls Edna O'Brien has written over twenty works of fiction along with a biography of James Joyce and Lord Byron.

She is the recipient of many awards including the Irish Pen Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Art's Gold Medal and the Ulysses Medal.

Born and raised in the west of Ireland she has lived in London for many years.

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