• Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Edna O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Sheila Atim
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Girl

By: Edna O'Brien
Narrated by: Sheila Atim
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Publisher's summary

One of The New York Times Book Review's 2019 Notable Books of the Year
An NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing for 2019
One of
The Guardian's (UK) 2019 Best Books of the Year
One of
Esquire Magazine's 2019 Best Books of the Year

"Narrator Sheila Atim sets a sensitive yet emphatic tone for this harrowing story of violence, loss, and survival.... Listeners will be enveloped in this emotional listening experience." (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner)

This program is read by Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress, Sheila Atim.

Girl, Edna O’Brien’s hotly anticipated new novel, envisages the lives of the Boko Haram girls in a masterpiece of violence and tenderness.

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.

Praise for Girl:

"Edna O’Brien tells this story with such compassion and understanding that the very disturbing events she relates are uplifting - and unforgettable. An utterly unique achievement." (Ian McKellen)

"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)

©2019 Edna O'Brien (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd.

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