Thirty Girls

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IMG_0373In recent months, I’ve been reading about the 100 Nigerian girls that were captured by Boko Haram. They receded from the news for a while, and then later, a new announcement was that most of the girls were now pregnant. In April of 2015, the Nigerian army announced that they had rescued some 300 girls from Boko Haram. While that sounded like success, Amnesty International reported that 2,000 women have been abducted by Boko Haram in the last year. The women were raped and sometimes forced to be suicide bombers. It’s devastating to me to hear about obvious instances where women aren’t seen as human beings, but conduits for violence whether forced on them or to take out others.

Susan Minot’s Thirty Girls is a novel, but one that’s worthy of being read to give us as readers insight into stories that are real. The novel moves through two main…

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