I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

  • by Nujood Ali
  • Narrated by Meera Simhan
  • 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night. She was only 10 years old.
Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled, not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money. When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood's case and fought the archaic system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age. Since their unprecedented victory in April 2008, Nujood's courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has attracted a storm of international attention. Her story even incited change in Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries, where underage marriage laws are being increasingly enforced and other child brides have been granted divorces.
Recently honored alongside Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice as one of Glamour magazine's women of the year, Nujood now tells her full story for the first time. As she guides us from the magical, fragrant streets of the Old City of Sanaa to the cement-block slums and rural villages of this ancient land, her unflinching look at an injustice suffered by all too many girls around the world is at once shocking, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable.


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Three stars

An obviously disturbing story told in the usual matter of fact fashion with which these books are usually rendered. It does wander off into familial and cultural tangents a lot for a book so short. A distressing through not overly engaging tale.
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- Douglas "College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey."

Amazing Little Girl

Although there are some things I would have elaborated on, this book is amazing. For someone of her talents she needs to continue to prod the world to see things through her eyes.
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- Lesli G. Sebastian "Cranky reader"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio