The Girl with the Louding Voice: ‘A story of courage that will win over your hea
Adunni is a 14-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 3rd wife to an old man, Adunni’s life amounts to this: 4 goats, 2 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, 14-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.
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I don’t just want to be having any kind voice . . .
I want a louding voice.
At fourteen, Adunni dreams of getting an education and giving her family a more comfortable home in her small Nigerian village. Instead, Adunni’s father sells her off to become the third wife of an old man. When tragedy strikes in her new home, Adunni flees to the wealthy enclaves of Lagos, where she becomes a house-girl to the cruel Big Madam, and prey to Big Madam’s husband. But despite her situation continuously going from bad to worse, Adunni refuses to let herself be silenced. And one day, someone hears her.
‘A story of courage that will win over your heart‘ Stylist
‘DarÃ©‘s characters leap off the page, powering this funny, luminous and heart-swelling tale‘ Daily Mail
‘Such a vibrant, tender, beautiful novel… [I] fell in love with her, and fell in love with the book.‘ Elizabeth Day
‘Adunni . . . is an ambassador for girls everywhere. She is important, funny, brave, and enduring. Abi DarÃ© has written an unforgettable novel, by the strength of her own louding voice.‘ Jeanine Cummins