The girl with the louding voice (2020)

Abi Daré

All you have are your words.Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education.As the only daughter of a broke father, she is a valuable commodity. Removed from school and sold as a third wife to an old man, Adunni’s life amounts to this: four goats, two bags of rice, some chickens and a new TV. When unspeakable tragedy swiftly strikes in her new home, she is secretly sold as a domestic servant to a household in Lagos, where no one will talk about the strange disappearance of her predecessor, Rebecca. No one but Adunni . . .Adunni is repeatedly told that she is nothing. But she won’t be silenced. She is determined to find her voice – in whisper, in song, in broken English – until she can speak for herself, for the girls like Rebecca who came before, and for all the girls who will follow.

  • - Année de publication : 2020
  • - Pages : 0
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  • - Langue : Anglais

A propos de l'auteur :

Abi Daré :

Abi Dare grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and has lived in the UK for over 18 years. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Keen to improve her writing, Abi completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University of London, achieving a Distinction. Her novel, The Girl with The Louding Voice won The Bath Novel Award in 2018 and was selected as a finalist in The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition in 2018. Abi lives in Essex with her husband and two children.

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  • Catherine
    1 février 2021

    It's a heartbreaking story of a young Nigerian girl who lives a very hard live since she lost her mother. She is sold for marriage as a third wife to a horrible man and finally ends up as a housemaid to a cruel and brutal woman in Lagos where she is exploited. She never gives up her project to cross bounderies and to become an educated woman. The book ends well. The book really makes me think of the bestseller the HELP by Kathryn Sockett, another debut novel ( La couleur des sentiments) Although the setting is different ( Mississipi versus Nigeria), the style is very much alike. Both stories are written in broken English but in my opinion, Stockett masters the device much better. I liked learning about Nigeria and the way of introducing each chapter with a « fact » is clever.