The Girl With the Louding Voice

The Girl With the Louding Voice

A Novel

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"A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to get an education so that she can escape and choose her own future. Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a "louding voice"-the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni's father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir. When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family. As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing. But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it. And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, for the ones who came before her and were lost, and for the next girls, who will inevitably follow; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can-in a whisper, in song, in broken English-until she is heard"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York] : Dutton, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781524746025
Branch Call Number: F Dare
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 18, 2020

This was a great read! I read this book in 3 days and was so upset when it ended. As it is the authors debut book, I hope she writes more as this was a wonderful history lesson to see that not all little girls have a chance to escape their cultural rites but Adunni endures and gets a chance to pursue her louding voice.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 09, 2020

I loved this tale of a young Nigerian girl's search for an education and a bigger life than what was afforded her in her village. While not quite so gritty, it landed with me a little bit like "Push" by Sapphire. I am curious how it has been received in Nigeria, since it feels like it may lean heavily on stereotypes specific to Nigerian culture. Adunni's voice is lovely and I left wanting to know how her story evolves.

Apr 16, 2020

It took me a minute to get used to the broken English used by Adunni, however, once I did I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this story and looked forward to picking up the book every evening- some portions felt rushed but it did not take away from this story of triumph. I also appreciated how the English in the book evolved with Adunni's understanding of the language.
Would recommend!

Feb 12, 2020

NYT Feb 2020 pick. Escaping a fixed marriage in Nigeria. Left off p. 152 in Lagos.

Feb 08, 2020

I’ve read a lot of books set in Nigeria, but this one is closest to my heart. When Adunni, a fourteen year old is forced into a marriage and then flees, she ends up basically a slave in the home of a wealthy Lagos woman. What Adunni wants moe than anything else is an education so she can become a teacher. She wants to make a difference—in her words she wants a louding voice. How she accomplishes her goals really isn’t that much different than that of Westover in EDUCATED. Adunni meets caring people along the way who are willing to push her into becoming the person she wants to be. Of course, its not just those people. Its Adunni’s inner strength that propels her forward.


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