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Chosen by Glamour magazine as a Woman of the Year in 2008, Nujood of Yemen has become an international hero for her astonishingly brave resistance to child marriage. Sold off by her impoverished family at the age of 10, continually raped by her husband before she even reached puberty, Nujood found the courage to run away, and with the help of an activist lawyer, sympathetic judges, and the international press, she divorced her husband and returned home. Her clear, first-person narrative, translated from the French and written with Minoui, is spellbinding: the horror of her parents’ betrayal and her mother-in-law’s connivance, the “grown-ups” who send the child from classroom and toys to nightmare abuse. She never denies the poverty that drives her parents and oppresses her brothers, even as she reveals their cruelty. Unlike her passive mother, she is an activist, thrilled to return to school, determined to save others, including her little sister. True to the child’s viewpoint, the “grown-up” cruelty is devastating. Readers will find it incredible that such unbelievable abuse and such courageous resistance are happening now. --Hazel Rochman
“A powerful new autobiography...It’s hard to imagine that there have been many younger divorcées—or braver ones—than a pint-size third grader named Nujood Ali.”
—Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
“Shocking...captures the social challenges facing Yemen better than any scholarly work could hope to do.”
“Her case has brought international exposure to the archaic practice of robbing girls of their youth.”
—People (Four Stars)
“An international icon of tenacity and courage.”
“One of the greatest women I have ever seen . . . She set an example with her courage.”
“This book took my breath away. It broke my heart but put it back together again with a renewed hope in the staggering power of the human spirit. What Nujood did to save her life was a miracle; that she did it as a ten-year-old child is, quite simply, astounding.”
—Carolyn Jessop, author of Escape and Triumph
“Nujood and all other girls like her who are traded like objects deserve to be heard. This important book gives them a voice and sheds light on an ugly secret that has destroyed the lives of children for centuries.”
—Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran
“Simple and straightforward in its telling, this is an informative and thoroughly engaging narrative.”
Nujood was a girl in a remote village in Yemen (no electricity, running water, etc) when her family was forced to move to the capital to look for work. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Prof Lesa
What other cultures do to childhood makes me sad and angry. We should do everything we can to protect young girls from this fatePublished 1 day ago by Dianna Raczniak
Living in a country where this 'tradition' is unheard of, to read the truth behind such barbaric behaviour is a real eye opener. Read morePublished 1 day ago by maxine nerwich
anyone concerned about women's rights should read this.
I appreciate that the most excruciating parts were explained just enough to get you to understand without getting... Read more
I wish it wasn't true. Profound, sad, and heartbreaking. I still can't understand how people have to live so poorly in these countries that have been occupied for thousands of... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Terri Montgomery
This story gives you a first hand look at the male dominance of some of the people of Yemen and similar countries. A quick read that does not disappoint.Published 5 days ago by Flyfisher
Very good story and probably very true. Enjoyed reading this story.Published 5 days ago by Shirley Luse