The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel
An instant New York Times best seller
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick!
"Brave, fresh...unforgettable." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A celebration of girls who dare to dream." (Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers, an Oprah’s Book Club pick)
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot 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.
In the heart of Nigeria, a young girl named Adunola lives a life of servitude. Stolen from her rural village at age eight, Adunola is forced to work as a housemaid for a wealthy family in Lagos, where she faces relentless abuse and hardship. Despite her circumstances, Adunola remains determined to break free from the chains of poverty and oppression.
With her indomitable spirit and unyielding hope, Adunola embarks on a remarkable journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Along the way, she encounters a diverse cast of characters who shape her destiny. There's the kind-hearted teacher who sees her potential and encourages her to dream big. The fellow housemaid who becomes her confidante and source of strength. And the charismatic young man who captures her heart and ignites her passion for life.
As Adunola navigates the complexities of love, loss, and betrayal, she learns the true meaning of freedom and resilience. Through her struggles and triumphs, she becomes a voice for the voiceless, inspiring others to rise above their circumstances and fight for their dreams.
"The Girl with the Louding Voice" is a powerful and poignant novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. Abi Daré's debut novel is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of education, the strength of the human spirit, and the importance of fighting for justice.
Join Adunola on her extraordinary journey as she rises above adversity and finds her voice. "The Girl with the Louding Voice" is a story that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.