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"A harrowing yet achingly beautiful tale of a girlimprisoned by her brutal, fanatic family, but whose yearning for wonder andlove ultimately drives her toward the improbable light of theworld. . . The Only Girl in the World is a story of resilienceunlike any I have ever read.""Mira Bartók, author of the National Book CriticsCircle Award Winner The Memory Palace"

"In the hierarchy of traumatic memoir, Maude Julien has something to write home about. . . The OnlyGirl in the World is thehaunting story of a girl whose survivalist parents locked her away andsubjected her to 'training' starting at the age of three. But it is also proofthat love is in our nature regardless of our nurture."Vanity Fair

"One of the most original and compelling storiesI've read. Atale of hope and profound courage, The Only Girl in the World illustrates how trustingourselves and following our hearts can save us from the most oppressive andcruel conditions. Her brave spirit shines as a bright reminder that what lieswithin us is stronger and more powerful than our circumstances.""RuthWariner, New York Times bestselling author of The Sound ofGravel"

"A living testimony of resilience... An account as gripping as it is inspiring."Elle

"A disturbing,engrossing memoir. . . A startling testament of survival."Kirkus

"Chilling."In Style

"This is not the umpteenth book about a miraculously saved victim. It is much more, and much better. . . One of the most fascinating things about this memoir is the extraordinary resistance Maude developed . . . her ability to create a world for herself."Le Journal du Dimanche

"This story is never maudlin-it is so absorbing that you have to remind yourself to breathe from time to time."Le Point

"A harrowing, gripping memoir of abuse and psychopathy...Julien approaches the pastwith fearless contemplation, veracity, and vivid portrayals of the brutality inher early life."The AV Club

"The year's most harrowing memoir...At times thebook, in form, resembles the beginnings of Emma Donoghue's Room, but this text is necessarily more graphic and frightening...Mymultiple audible gasps while working through The Only Girl in the World were partly aresult of its author's ability to so artfully capture the meaning and depth ofher survival. You wonder how anyone who went through what she did could comeout functioning on the other side...That The Only Girl in the World exists as itdoes is a most persuasive argument for Julien's remarkable willpower."Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Maude Julien is a therapist specializing in manipulation and psychological control. For the last ten years she has been doing anthropological research on the consequences of acculturation among Australian aborigines. A frequent contributor to radio and television, she has helped hundreds of patients since 1995. She lives in Paris.

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