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Edna O'Brien On 6 Decades Of Writing 'Very Difficult Stories' About Women

In Girl, a young woman in Nigeria is abducted by Boko Haram — and that's just the beginning. For nearly 60 years, its Irish author has written about women "both as victims and as fighters, combined."
The author Edna O'Brien's latest book is Girl, which follows a young woman kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Source: Eamonn McCabe/Guardian News and Media Ltd

I was a girl once, but not any more.

That's the first sentence of Edna O'Brien's new novel. It goes on:

I smell. Blood dried and crusted all over me, and my wrapper in shreds. My insides, a morass.

As you're already gathering, the novel can be hard to read. It is a fictional portrait of the girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria five years ago: their kidnapping, their suffering, how many of them were raped and forced to marry. It may not be appropriate for everyone.

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