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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Fantastic story

What did you love best about I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced?

The fantastic story of this little girl and her courage.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced?

The first evening in her new housbands family.

What does Meera Simhan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Everything. Her voice could not be more right for this book.

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I love all kinds of biografies and autobiografies and this was definately no disappointment.

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- Anja Schmidt

Outraged & heartbroken

It's no surprise that such a disguesting practice is being done as often as does the simple act of sleep and wake. But to hear first hand how the males view women like cattle and how the women not only have learned to conform for their own protection and sanity, but some have even grown to encourage such behavoirs. This story of the trials of a ten year old little girl who was forced into voilence and sickness is heartbreaking yet uplifting. A true underdog story that although is often gutrenching must be told & read. I pray for you little brave Nujood.
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- Michelle

Book Details

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