Thirty Girls

Thirty Girls Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord s Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities who is struggling to survive to escape and to find a way to live with wha
  • Title: Thirty Girls
  • Author: Susan Minot
  • ISBN: 9780307266385
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Thirty Girls
    Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord s Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of faiEsther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord s Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships In unflinching prose, Minot interweaves their stories, giving us razor sharp portraits of two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to wrest meaning from events that test them both in unimaginable ways With mesmerizing emotional intensity and stunning evocations of Africa s beauty and its horror, Minot gives us her most brilliant and ambitious novel yet.
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  • Susan Minot

    Susan Minot is an award winning novelist and short story writer whose books include Monkeys, Folly, Lust Other Stories, and Evening, which was adapted into the feature film of the same name starring Meryl Streep Minot was born in Boston and raised in Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts, attended Brown University, and received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University She currently lives with her daughter in both New York City and an island off the coast of Maine.

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  • This is one of those books that s sold as a story of atrocities in a little known country, but that actually focuses on the mundane angst of a visiting American.Jane is a 38 year old journalist from New York, who travels to Uganda to recover from a failed marriage She soon meets the much younger Harry, to whom she attaches herself like a barnacle, obsessing about the relationship while setting out with a group of aimless expats on a road trip to interview children kidnapped by Kony s Lord s Resi [...]


  • Minot is a tremendous writer, and I ve been a fan for years, but this novel made me angry UPDATE Just read an extraordinary novel similarly focused on true life events and hardships Anthony Marra s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena , and wanted to say to Susan Minot THIS is how it s done THIS is how you write someone else s story without putting yourself in it The story of the kidnapped schoolgirls in Uganda so eerily and sadly similar to what just happened in Nigeria is told beautifully and is [...]


  • There is a subtle brilliance to this juxtaposition of a disaffected American woman who comes to Africa to do a story on the mass kidnapping of school girls and one of the survivors who is trying to find meaning by telling her story Jane is recovering from a bad marriage that involved drug abuse by her husband, while Esther is recovering from years of effective slavery by a rebel cult which preys upon the civilian population One can t help being disoriented by such an unequal comparison We feel s [...]


  • This is a novelization of the girls abducted by the Lord s Resistance Army in Uganda in 1996 I can tell the author did a lot of research, including I think some in person interviews It is a shame, then, that she felt she needed to make a female American journalist character the primary focus of the book, rather than the nuns and children the story should be about In the first 100 pages, we get a few pages of the harrowing account of the abduction and like 80 pages about white non Africans tourin [...]


  • I see people s eyes slide away as I describe this book What are you reading Alena The fictionalized account of girls kidnapped from a convent school in Uganda.Why, their eyes ask, would I want to read about that But, it s not really a want I could have just as easily picked up a psychological thriller or a WWII novel or a Midwestern family saga I read to immerse myself in worlds near and far This brilliant novel took me across the world to the heartbreak and terror happening right this second.Wh [...]


  • This is a fictional account based on the actual abduction of school girls from St Mary s College of Aboke, Uganda in 1996 It seemed like the perfect time to read this now that the world has come together to find another group of girls, abducted by another madman.The girls in this book were abducted by the Lord s Resistance Army led by the evil Joseph Kony, and after reading this book one can see what a deluded psychopath he is in fact We first meet Esther, one of the girls taken who later escape [...]


  • This book and the impression it left on me have not been far from my mind since I finished it several days ago I had a feeling of deja vu in the early pages, and realized I had picked up Thirty Girls and set it aside last year after only two or three chapters I can t recall why it didn t speak to me then, but I m so glad I returned to complete it The I ve read this before feeling also rose because I so recently read Francesca Marciano s striking Rules of the Wild, written several years before Th [...]


  • Susan Minot s books in general do not have real high average ratings on , but I ve read a couple of her books and liked them than the average reader did Thirty Girls became available on audio so I thought I d try a familiar author again, especially after reading some 4 and 5 star reviews by friends But I agree with the 3.4 average rating on this one well, actually 3.0 stars My heart broke for the story of the African girls abducted and raped by a madman because God told him to do it But the sto [...]


  • This book should have been called Thirty Something Girl Then, it would have been accurate This isn t a story of the thirty girls abducted by Joseph Kony s LRA from a school called St Mary s One of them, Esther, narrates less than a third of the book about the severely edited I think horrors of the LRA, wherein we re lucky if she names about 6 girls by their first name The rest is all our middle aged American Jane, and her love affair with a much younger Harry She doesn t even seem emotionally ma [...]


  • It may seem like a contradiction in terms to label a novel that focuses on real life atrocities in Uganda as a hopeful novel But indeed, there is a thread of hope that runs through Susan Minot s new novel, based on the true life tale of the abduction of 30 girls from St Mary s College boarding school in Uganda by the Lord s Resistance Army.There are two stories that are interwoven through alternating chapters The first is that Esther Akello, who has experienced and witnessed horrors that no pre [...]


  • What a massive disappointment The story of Esther, one of 139 girls kidnapped by the LRA from her school, was one I cared about Unfortunately, the book was oddly structured and, worse, spent most of its time focusing on Jane, a completely unnecessary to the plot journalist from America I found Jane who spent moments with Esther at the rehabilitation camp but was, of course, the one who got through to her helped her find peace and her place in this story offensive.


  • This book is amazing I am a huge Minot fan, and this is her best yet The juxtaposition of privileged white travelers against the abducted girls is a brilliant move it s impossible to read without getting angry, but the prose will wash over you like a warm bath wonderfully disorienting loved it.


  • Some cruelties are so incomprehensible that our instinct for self preservation often makes us want to shut knowledge of them out I hear their stories and feel bad, a character says in Susan Minot s new novel, Thirty Girls How does it help them if my head is filled with horrible images Another character counters, It helps them if you listen Such is the case for the story of tens of thousands of Ugandan children kidnapped and forced to become soldiers and sex slaves for the Lord s Resistance Army, [...]


  • Although this covers similar ground as works by Dave Eggers and Ishmael Beah both remarkable in their own right Thirty Girls is even remarkable because of its fidelity to the novel genre It is firmly based in reality, but Minot also shines as an artist with deft control of her characters, their voices and interactions, and the collision of plots that leaves the reader shattered, blinded by Esther s unfailing hope for the future and Jane s quest for love in herself and in the world.


  • Esther s story merits at least 4 stars, but the self centered writer having an Eat Pray Love experience in Kenya and Uganda seriously hurts this book I hate the idea of a white savior, and I really hate juxtaposing a heartbreaking story with an annoying one Minot can write, and this would have been a much better book without the prospective of the American writer.


  • You belong where you are You are possible.A quick, engaging read with a sleek, alternating triptych narrative structure that deals in graphic themes that are not for the faint of heart TRIGGER WARNING for those sensitive to descriptions of extreme violence view spoiler Based upon a tragic incident in the history of the region of Uganda and its bordering countries in which an entire school of young girls was kidnapped by marauding thugs known as the Lord s Resistance Army LRA A courageous nun tra [...]


  • The following conversation takes place midway through Susan Minot s latest novel Jane, a writer motivated to go to Uganda and report on the abduction of thirty girls from their Catholic boarding school by rebel soldiers of Joseph Kony s Lord s Resistance Army, has just come from the school, where she heard the stories of three girls who d managed to escape, eir soft voices speaking of unspeakable things They handed the bottle back and forth and spoke of the girls.I don t need to hear the details [...]


  • I ve never read Susan Minot and not sure I would ve ever read her I was given an advanced copy from a dear friend and I have to say I was meant to read this book The juxtaposition of story from these two women is amazingly well done I felt myself in the pages from the love to doubt to fear and back again This is a must read


  • Something stretches beyond you, drawing you along, and as you move forward in a dark place you can barely make out shapes and your faces feels invisible No one sees you any You don t think it, but you have the odd feeling Maybe this will lead me home The book focuses on two central characters Jane Wood an American journalist is in Uganda to do a story on the abductions and the survivors of the kidnappings by Kony s LRA, and Esther Akello, a surviving kidnapped girl of the LRA The narrative alter [...]


  • In Thirty Girls, author Susan Minot tells the story of the Lord s Resistance Army s abduction of Ugandan girls from two perspectives Jane is an American journalist who travels to Africa for the story and to get away from her life Esther is a captured teenager who tells the story of her capture, escape, and recovery in the first person The novel is based on research, including true stories, about Kony s children The author effectively describes the situation in the rebel camps and in Uganda.Esthe [...]


  • 139 girls are kidnapped by the Lords Resistance Army run by Joseph Kony, from a small boarding school in rural Uganda A brave teacher Sister Giulia follows their trail through the night and miraculously negotiates 109 releases Esther Akello is one of the thirty girls she cannot save and these young girls spend months and years being pretend wives and having real babies, killing innocent bystanders and doing whatever it takes to survive.Jane Wood, an American writer, travels to Africa to investig [...]


  • I picked up this book because I was really excited to read this story I am not that familiar with Uganda However I thought this would be a heart wrecking story in a good way Ok, so sometimes a story can sound good but it is all in the execution I felt that the execution feel way down in this book Such a disappointment Esther and her story is the only part that I really enjoyed about this book This is what I felt was the whole meat of the story It was Jane that brought this story down for me I th [...]


  • Not an easy book, although Robin Miles does an outstanding job with the narration an amazing range of accents and cadences Based on the true story of young women kidnapped from a Ugandan convent school by the Lord s Resurrection Army, the novel intertwines two stories that of Esther, a young woman captured, violated, but who escaped to a rehabilitation camp and that of Jane, the American journalist, at loose ends in her personal life, who comes to Uganda to write about the atrocities Their stori [...]


  • This book deserved a 2.5 rating The storyline about the adducted girls in Uganda at the hands of rebels was very interesting, especially how they learned to survive the brutality The story of the American journalist, Jane, was somewhat on the boring side She was a self absorbed character.




  • The recent kidnappings of young women in Nigeria validates the significance of Susan Minot s latest novel, Thirty Girls It features similar atrocities that occurred in Uganda in the mid 1990 s Between 1986 and 2009, the Lord s Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony was responsible for the abduction of thousands of young girls and boys, mostly to be used as sex slaves and soldiers for the proliferation of Kony s deranged vision Pseudo religious credo compelled him to marry as many young women as he c [...]


  • The most touching, interesting and important part of the story is the Ugandan girl Esther, abducted together with 138 of her fellow student girls from a catholic school in the North of Uganda the parallel of this real life event of 1996 to what is happening these days in Nigeria seems striking, even though the LRA in Uganda has not been motivated by any particular religion 109 of these girls were returned upon the intervention of a nun of the school, but 30 had to stay with the LRA rebels, Esthe [...]


  • Here comes a review of of a novel with a split personality This is the only novel I have managed to find that tries to deal with the appalling crimes committed in Uganda by Joseph Kony and the Lords Resistance Army LRA So it is seems to be a subject matter where authors fear to tread, and Susan Minot deserves some praise for attempting to do it justice It is however a truly disappointing novel given such promising materials When the story focusses on the fate of fifteen year old Esther, one of t [...]


  • Thirty Girls by Susan Minot is a powerful novel that is based on a true story It takes place in Kenya, Uganda and Sudan and is the story of the abduction of over one hundred girls from a convent school in Uganda A nun by the name of Giulia travels to the site of the abductors, who call themselves the LRA, and negotiates for the release of all but thirty of the girls Thus, the title of the book.The novel opens as an American journalist named Jane finds herself in Nairobi She is there to do a piec [...]


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