Review 1714: Girl

Best of Ten!

Maryam is a young girl attending a girl’s school in Nigeria when Boko Haram attacks the school and drags off the girls. At the Jihadist camp, the girls are gang-raped and otherwise brutalized while they are forced to work as slaves. Eventually, Maryam is forcibly married to a young jihadist.

But that’s only the beginning of this deeply involving novel, for after a harrowing escape and a restoration to her family, Maryam finds herself treated almost as badly at home.

This novel is a break away from O’Brien’s usual Irish novels although not from her fluid prose. It is short—I read it in a few hours—and riveting. I read it for my James Tait Black project.

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4 thoughts on “Review 1714: Girl

  1. Janakay | YouMightAsWellRead September 11, 2021 / 6:46 am

    I haven’t read any Edna O’Brien and, I must admit, would probably start with one that had her more usual Irish setting. You’ve made this one sound very interesting, however!

  2. Janakay | YouMightAsWellRead September 11, 2021 / 11:12 am

    Wild Decembers, maybe? If so, it’s now on the TBR! (Didn’t see an O’brien with September in the title) I

    • whatmeread September 11, 2021 / 11:15 am

      Oh, yeah. Knew it was a month. Also, The Country Girls is good.

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