Susan Minot: "Thirty Girls"
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On Oct. 9, 1996, a boarding school run by Italian nuns in rural Uganda was awakened by shattering glass. Rebels from Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army broke in and abducted 139 girls, some as young as 8 years old. A nun from the school negotiated the release of all but 30 girls, who were then brutalized, ordered to kill and forced to be “wives” to rebel leaders. A new novel about the kidnapping focuses on one of the fictional survivors and an American journalist who bears witness to her stories and recovery.
author, "Thirty Girls."
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Excerpted from "Thirty Girls" by Susan Minot. Copyright © 2014 by Susan Minot. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.