The Invisible Girls

  • by Sarah Thebarge
  • Narrated by Kirsten Potter
  • 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A girl scarred by her past. A refugee mother uncertain of her future. Five little girls who brought them together. After nearly dying of breast cancer in her 20s, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship on the East Coast and started over in Portland, Oregon. She was hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life, but instead she met Hadhi and her daughters, and set out on an adventure she’d never anticipated. Hadhi was fighting battles of her own.
A Somali refugee abandoned by her husband, she was struggling to raise five young daughters in a culture she didn’t understand. When their worlds collided, Hadhi and the girls were on the brink of starvation in their own home, “invisible” in a neighborhood of strangers. As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate American life, her outreach to the family became a source of courage and a lifeline for herself. Poignant, and at times shattering, Sarah Thebarge’s riveting memoir invites listeners into her story, finding connection, love, and redemption in the most unexpected places. This audiobook contains adult language.

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What a beautiful memoir

Sarah Thebarge tells her personal story of cancer survival and unconditional love for a refugee family. Her memoir is well told with frankness and humor. Very empowering for those going through a traumatic illness and those who are not. Will especially resonate with women - a story of how you can find strength in yourself, you can be enough without needing a man to complete you.
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- Delah "Which came first... the books or the glasses?"

Great book for those with withering faith

What made the experience of listening to The Invisible Girls the most enjoyable?

They chose a good voice to be the main character


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Libya had cancer again and she was so angry at everything, at God..and asked Sarah why did this happened and truly expected an answer. I felt this way about my childhood and about all the violence and hatred happening in the world right now.


Any additional comments?

I am not done with the book yet..but I hope to find some peace within myself about the world when I'm done. I hope Sara would be able to show me that we don't really need to ask God "why?"

Also, I am surprised to have been wrong about what the title is actually referring to and it made me feel more blessed to have a different perspective.

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- Mai Ly "yenmai"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-16-2013
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio