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The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel Hardcover – February 4, 2020
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“Brave, fresh . . . unforgettable.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A celebration of girls who dare to dream.”—Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers (Oprah’s Book Club pick)
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and recommended by The New York Times, Marie Claire, Vogue, Essence, PopSugar, Daily Mail, Electric Literature, Red, Stylist, Daily Kos, Library Journal, The Everygirl, and Read It Forward!
The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself, The Girl with the Louding Voice is a simultaneously heartbreaking and triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams. Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her path, Adunni never loses sight of her goal of escaping the life of poverty she was born into so that she can build the future she chooses for herself – and help other girls like her do the same. Her spirited determination to find joy and hope in even the most difficult circumstances imaginable will “break your heart and then put it back together again” (Jenna Bush Hager on The Today Show) even as Adunni shows us how one courageous young girl can inspire us all to reach for our dreams…and maybe even change the world.
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“Inspiring . . . explores a spirit and hope that cannot be contained even in the grimmest of circumstances.”—Entertainment Weekly
“It will break your heart and then it will put it back together again.”—Jenna Bush Hager on the Today show
“I'm excited about this debut novel from Nigerian author Abi Daré. . . . In Nigeria, and around the world, girls are fighting for their right to learn. I'm grateful to Abi for showing the challenges Nigerian girls face and showcasing the power of their voices.”—Malala Yousafzai
“A courageous story.”—The New York Times
“A powerful debut about fighting for our dreams.”—PopSugar
“[A] compelling debut.”—Ms., "Feminist Books Coming Out in 2020"
“A bold new storyteller . . . Abi Daré's fearless debut is a celebration of girls who dare to dream and those who help unfurl their wings so that they might soar.”—Imbolo Mbue, New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers (Oprah’s Book Club pick)
“I’m a big fan of hyper-realistic dialogue and using the sounds of a world to shape the energy of a novel, and so I was immediately drawn to The Girl with the Louding Voice. . . . [Adunni] is a youthful, dynamic guide with serious bite and poetic language.”—Kiley Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Such a Fun Age
“Gorgeous, devastating, and unforgettable. I am enraptured by this book.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author of City of Girls and Eat, Pray, Love
“The girl with the louding voice is a character for the ages. Adunni is a girl who narrates her own suffering with levity, who paints depth and texture and beauty into her Nigerian homeland, who tenderly cultivates her own humanity even while everything around her seeks to thwart it. She is an ambassador for girls everywhere. She is important, funny, brave, and enduring. Abi Daré has written an unforgettable novel, by the strength of her own louding voice.”—Jeanine Cummins, New York Times bestselling author of American Dirt
“Abi Daré’s debut novel The Girl with the Louding Voice is a beautifully rendered, achingly real portrait of Adunni, a young woman finding her strength and shaping her destiny in modern-day Nigeria. Adunni’s voice weaves and dances its way across the pages with a rhythm that captivated me, astonished me, and, more than once, broke my heart. Brava to Daré for bringing this compelling character out of the shadows and into our lives.”—Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl and The Last Romantics
“A stunning novel—original, beautiful, and powerful. I was utterly captivated by Adunni and her mesmerizing louding voice.”—Rosamund Lupton, New York Times bestselling author of Sister
“A coming-of-age tale like none other you'll read this year, narrated by a young woman you'll never forget. Beautiful, bracing, and arguably as transformative a journey for the reader as for the book's brave heroine.”—Liam Callanan, bestselling author of Paris by the Book
“Through Adunni's narration, Daré introduces readers to the full scope of the young woman's widening world. The narrator's attempts to make the unknown familiar often come across like metaphors in poetry. Readers leave Adunni knowing that she has the intellectual resources and the guts to face whatever challenges she must in order to attain her goals.”—Shelf Awareness
“A heartwarming, enlightening novel . . . Through the moving story of a girl’s persistent struggle to acquire an education, The Girl with the Louding Voice brings deep, significant issues into focus.”—BookPage
“Captivating . . . Daré's arresting prose provides a window into the lives of Nigerians of all socioeconomic levels and shows readers the beauty and humor that may be found even in the midst of harrowing experiences.”—Booklist
“Heartbreaking and inspiring . . . A moving story of what it means to fight for the right to live the life you choose.”—Kirkus Reviews
- Publisher : Dutton; 1st Edition (February 4, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1524746029
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524746025
- Item Weight : 1.28 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.26 x 9.29 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adunni, the heroine of this story, is 14 years old and has been sold as a 3rd wife to a much older man who desperately wants a son. She’s ill prepared for what lies ahead...Adunni puts up a fight at every opportunity and offers a helping hand to others along the way. Her youth and naïveté are both a curse and a blessing and she quickly learns that education is her way to freedom.
For all the darkness and violence that exists in this story, it’s the hope that shines thru. Author Dare is able to write without gratuitous descriptive violence, sexual content or foul language. There are brief violent scenes, they do not linger or assault while reading, thankfully.
A “Louding Voice” is what this book has. Presenting the contemporary issues plaguing Nigeria: female slavery, inequality, lack of education, etc., Abi Dare’s debut novel will entertain, educate and motivate📚
ALL the stars for this book!! Putting my feelings into words after such a powerful story feels impossible. This story tore at every seam of my heart. It was both beautiful and devastating. I was horrified then filled with hope.
Adunni is one of the best characters i've ever read. She is the epitome of strength and bravery. Every obstacle, she overcame. Every time she should have died inside due to circumstances, she fought and continued to flourish. The descriptions of people and places were so thorough it really put me in this book. I could feel every moment. This story portrayed so well how even when everything seems hopeless, just one person believing in you can change everything. I want to be that friend, that encourager and supporter of others.
Adunnis character so brilliantly displayed how to never give up. Never allow anyone to silence you or say you're not enough. Everyone has value. Every. Single. Person is important.
This book will be a forever favorite! I will recommend it to everyone! My children will read this book. I will carry this story in my heart forever. I will never forget it and I am sure I will reread it again and again.
‘Speaking in a deliberately carrying voice in a public place’
Adunni, a 14 year old girl, living in Nigeria, is the narrator of this story. Her one important goal in life is to become educated. She does not understand why she cannot speak up for herself, but her culture does not allow it for girls/women. She wants to learn to speak English, and she does in her own way. As she narrates her story, the verbs and pronouns are missing, but it is easy to pick up the parlance of the meaning of her words, and soon it flows more easily.
Adunni lives with her father and siblings, and since her mother has died she is the caretaker. Hoping to be able to continue to become educated, her hopes are dashed when her father sells her to an elderly cabdriver, who has two wives. Life is difficult, but it becomes even more so after a shocking event, and she is sold to a household in Lagos as a housemaid. As a young woman who has dreams, Adunni perseveres, and we know people like this, we can identify. The quest for education and your own life is the ultimate.
The author has written a heartfelt novel with Adunni as the young woman we come to cheer. The obstacles she faces to overcome are severe and very high. The life of a young woman in Nigeria is more than difficult in the poorest sections. Note: Nigeria is now a country on the United States banned visitation list. All of the young women who dreamed of a better life in the US will have to wait. This is another obstacle Adunni would have to face if given the chance. A young woman who pushes forward to improve her life, with her own language learns to communicate herself, and she is the kind of hero we need.
Recommended. prisrob 02-04-2020
“That day, I tell myself that even if I am not getting anything in this life, I will go to school. I will finish my primary and secondary and university schooling and become teacher because I don’t just want to be having any kind voice . . . I want a louding voice.”
“Thank you,” I say to The Book of Nigerian Facts, touching the cover with the shining map and the green-white-green color of the Nigerian flag, the lettering of many, many facts inside the pages.
I stay there until I know it, until I feel a warm release inside of me that it is time to go. When I walk away from the library, I don’t close the door. I leave it open for the spirit in all the books to be following me.”
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The storyline is simply terrific,
But I would have enjoyed it a lot more if the author had limited the vernacular to the dialogues only. I understand that the intention was to create a feel of authenticity, but I thought that the broken English was too distracting, especially for someone who does not have English as a first language.
I do think that this works a lot better as an audiobook (I did order the audiobook format from the library, as I’m really curious).
Anyways, this was a hard read for me.
I couldn’t stand all the physical and emotional abuse.
To think that to this date some culture still carry on arranging marriage for girls of 14 years old. Some are not even to become the first wife. That’s outrageous.