Title Profile & Character Information

Thirty Girls

Annotation
Minot, who made her name when she debuted in 1986 with Monkeys, which won the Prix Femina Etranger, generally uses her delicate, affectingly wrought fiction to unpack the complications of love. Here she does something different, taking us to Uganda to meet Esther, a teenager kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army and compelled both to witness and to commit atrocities. She also introduces us to Jane, an American journalist traveling through Uganda to report on the fate of girls like Esther and to escape a cascading series of failed relationships, and the stories of Esther and Jane create a resonant counterpoint throughout. Minot's first big work since 1997's Evening.

Characters
NameAkello, Esther
GenderFemale
TraitsUgandan
Kidnapped

NameWood, Jane
GenderFemale
OccupationJournalist
TraitsAmerican
Divorced

GenreFiction
Sociological
Psychological
TopicsAfrican culture
Abduction
Teenage girls
Resistance movements
Rebels
Survival
Torture
Emotional trauma
Shame
Captivity
Captives
Emotional healing
Sexual slavery
Love affairs
SettingUganda