The Invisible Girls

by | Read by Kirsten Potter

Published by Oasis Audio, LLC.

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 twenties, 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.

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The Invisible Girls

After surviving breast cancer and the terrible treatment necessary to eradicate it, the author moved across the country to start a new life. There, she met, by happenstance, a Somali woman struggling to raise five daughters in an alien country. Thebarge decided to help them. These are the girls of the title. Narrator Kirsten Potter has an assured, gentle voice that captures the essence of the book and propels it forward. She enunciates the author’s message and gives it the gravitas it deserves without becoming maudlin. Potter tries her hand at portraying some characters, but mostly she’s content to use her voice as a subtle force that accentuates the nuances of the story while reminding us that this is an extraordinary tale. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine


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