All you have are your words.
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‘A stunning novel – original, beautiful and powerful’ ROSAMUND LUPTON
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 the wealthy enclaves of Lagos, where no one will talk about the strange disappearance of her predecessor, Rebecca. No one but Adunni…
As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless servant, fourteen-year-old Adunni is repeatedly told that she is nothing. But Adunni won’t be silenced. She is determined to find her voice – in a 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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a powerful message from a girl who is determined to be heard in the story. When Adunni’s mother was dying, she made her father promise that Adunni would finish her education but he soon pulled her from school and at fourteen she is promised to be married to an old man. He already has two wives but is desperate for a son having already having one wife unable to have children and a second wife who has only given him two daughters.
Adunni’s voice is of broken English, very understandable and easy to fall in with. She is a very strong character that learns quickly and knows how far she can push someone. It is heartbreaking the things the happen to her, especially when you know there are no laws to protect her. It is like it says in the book, slavery was abolished in 1833 but still, girls were being sold and bartered over, raped and abused openly.
Adunni doesn’t just want a better life for herself she wants a better life for all the girls like her that are frighted to speak up. Not everyone is cruel but the girls are still sold with no wages or possible chance to leave, get an education or choose a life for themselves.
This is an outstanding story and heartbreaking but hopefully, the louding voice will carry on getting louder. The voices that hear need to do more than listen though. A stunning debut novel. Very highly recommended.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Abi Daré 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.