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Publisher's Summary

For listeners of Room and The Glass Castle, an astonishing memoir of one woman rising above an unimaginable childhood.
Maude Julien's parents were fanatics who believed it was their sacred duty to turn her into the ultimate survivor - raising her in isolation, tyrannizing her childhood, and subjecting her to endless drills designed to "eliminate weakness". Maude learned to hold an electric fence for minutes without flinching and to sit perfectly still in a rat-infested cellar all night long (her mother sewed bells onto her clothes that would give her away if she moved). She endured a life without heat, hot water, adequate food, friendship, or any kind of affectionate treatment.
But Maude's parents could not rule her inner life. Befriending the animals on the lonely estate as well as the characters in the novels she read in secret, young Maude nurtured in herself the compassion and love that her parents forbid as weak. And when, after more than a decade, an outsider managed to penetrate her family's paranoid world, Maude seized her opportunity.
By turns horrifying and magical, The Only Girl in the World is a story that will grip you from the first minute and leave you spellbound, a chilling exploration of psychological control that ends with a glorious escape.
©2017 Maude Julien (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"A disturbing, engrossing memoir.... A startling testament of survival." (Kirkus)
"This is not the umpteenth book about a miraculously saved victim. It is much more, and much better.... One of the most fascinating things about this memoir is the extraordinary resistance Maude developed...her ability to create a world for herself." (Le Journal du Dimanche)
"A harrowing yet achingly beautiful tale of a girl imprisoned by her brutal, fanatic family, but whose yearning for wonder and love ultimately drives her toward the improbable light of the world.... The Only Girl in the World is a story of resilience unlike any I have ever read." (Mira Bartók, author of the National Book Critics Circle Award Winner The Memory Palace)
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By Lindsay on 12-15-17

Disturbing

This was disturbing but well written. I’d love to hear more explanation of what was actually mentally wrong with her father. It feels a bit voyeuristic because it’s listening to hours of torture and brainwashing. It is definitely worth the time to hear this strong woman’s story.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-23-17

Incredible story!

One of the best memoirs I have ever read. Perfect narration!
I would like to know more about the demented father. Perhaps another book will be written.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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