Abi Daré Book: The Girl with the Louding Voice
Abi Daré’s the ‘Girl with the Louding Voice book‘, is the unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself, The Girl with the Louding Voice is a simultaneously heartbreaking and triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams.
Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her path, Adunni never loses sight of her goal of escaping the life of poverty she was born into so that she can build the future she chooses for herself – and help other girls like her do the same.
Her spirited determination to find joy and hope in even the most difficult circumstances imaginable will “break your heart and then put it back together again” (Jenna Bush Hager on The Today Show) even as Adunni shows us how one courageous young girl can inspire us all to reach for our dreams and maybe even change the world.
Here’s Abi Daré’s the Girl with the Louding Voice book summary:
Nigerian Reviews Girl with the Louding Voice
‘A stunning novel – original, beautiful and powerful. I was utterly captivated by Adunni and her mesmerising louding voice.’ – Rosamund Lupton
‘A courageous story of a woman asserting her own voice.’ – New York Times
‘A bold new storyteller . . . Abi Dare’s fearless debut is a celebration of girls who dare to dream and those who help them unfurl their wings so that they might soar.’ – Imbolo Mbue
‘Adunni’s voice weaves and dances its way across the pages with a rhythm that captivated me, astonished me and, more than once, broke my heart.’ – Tara Conklin
‘Heartbreaking and inspiring. Dare provides a valuable reminder of all the young women around the world who are struggling to be heard and how important it is that we listen to them. A moving story of what it means to fight for the right to live the life you choose.’ – Kirkus
‘The Girl With the Louding Voice is a character for the ages. Adunni is a girl who narrates her own suffering with levity, who paints depth and texture and beauty into her Nigerian homeland, who tenderly cultivates her own humanity even while everything around her seeks to thwart it. She is an ambassador for girls everywhere. She is important, funny, brave, and enduring. Abi Dare has written an unforgettable novel, by the strength of her own louding voice.’ – Jeanine Cummins
‘2020 [is] a dazzling year for debut novelists . . . This 2018 Bath Novel Award winner takes a long, hard look at modern slavery through the eyes of 14-year-old Adunni.’ – Timothy Harrison, Vogue
‘The story of one remarkable girl’s quest to overcome tragedy and oppression, and to speak for herself.’ – Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail
‘A true original, this will open your eyes.’ – Cosmopolitan
‘A new decade calls for new voices. Thankfully there’s plenty of fresh talent to stock your shelves with . . . In a bid for freedom, 14-year-old Adunni flees an arranged marriage to a local elder only to get sucked into working as a maid for a wealthy Lagos family. But unlike so many others forced into a life of servitude in modern-day Nigeria, Adunni will not be silenced. This is the story of how she learns to speak up.’ – Stylist
Abi Daré Biography
Abi Daré grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and has lived in the UK for eighteen years. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University as well as an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University of London.
The Girl with the Louding Voice won The Bath Novel Award for unpublished manuscripts in 2018 and was also selected as a finalist in 2018 The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition. Abi lives in Essex with her husband and two daughters, who inspired her to write her debut novel.