From the article "The 10 Books To Read In October" by Bethanne Patrick
“Girl” by Edna O’Brien (Oct. 15)
You might associate O’Brien with Ireland, where she’s from and where many of her novels take place. But in “Girl,” O’Brien turns to Nigeria and a protagonist named Maryam, whose abduction recalls the girls of Chibok, taken by Boko Haram in 2014. While the author writes about a culture wholly different from her own, she does so not just with grace and compassion but with Nigerian songs, tales and myths.