The Invisible Girls

The Invisible Girls Now With A New Postscript And Reading Group Guide, Perfect For Book Clubs After Nearly Dying Of Breast Cancer In Her Twenties, Sarah Thebarge Fled Her Successful Career, Her Ivy League Education, And A Failed Relationship, And Moved Nearly 3,000 Miles From The East Coast To Portland, Oregon, Hoping To Quietly Pick Up The Pieces Of Her Broken Life Instead, A Chance Encounter On The Train With A Family Of Somali Refugees Swept Her Into An Adventure That Changed All Of Their Lives Half A World Away From Somalia, Hadhi Was Fighting Battles Of Her Own Abandoned By Her Husband, She Was Struggling To Raise Five Young Daughters In A Culture She Didn T Understand When Their Worlds Collide With Sarah S, 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 Unexpected Outreach To The Family Became Both A Source Of Courage And A Lifeline For Herself Exquisite, At Times Shattering, Sarah S Enthralling Memoir Invites Readers Into Her Story Of Finding Connection, Love, And Redemption In The Most Unlikely Of Places.All Proceeds From The Sale Of The Book Go Toward A College Fund For The Five Somali Invisible Girls For Details, Visit Very mixed feelings about this one but I think it s well worth the read This memoir was really three stories, two of them very absorbing and the thirdwell, for me, not so much Briefly, a young woman who was raised in a fundamentalist religious home, grows up to far surpass what was expected of a woman She earns two degrees, becomes a medical professional with plans also in journalism but develops breast cancer in her twenties This part of the story was chilling, heart breaking, inspiring as she battles through set back after medical setback, all the while enduring spiritual, emotional, and romantic disappointment Through the entire book, she struggles w her faith, and especially through her protracted battle w cancer, nearly giving up on God After her medical ordeal nearly two years , she relocates to Portland and meets, by chance, a refugee Somali family a mother w five little girls who are living in desperate poverty.Her taking this family under her wing and trying to help in every way she could, was fascinating In a very real sense, the family saved her as much as she saved them This part of the book was a sad revelation of the difficulties and hurtles many refugees face, even here.She continued to struggle w her beliefs, but at last found her way back to real faith This was as important to her as overcoming her illness, but the ending bothered methe in
I have no doubt that Thebarge means well However, this memoir is disjointed, self serving, and completely privilege blind It is half of the story a minute glimpse into the plight of a family of Somalian refugees wholly through the lens of a young, American cancer survivor We get zero time with the family outside of Thebarge s judgements of
This book was unlike anything I ve ever read before The Invisible Girls is the story of two women in recovery, one from breast cancer and the other from having to leave her country for an unfamiliar one They find solace in each other and their friendship is written in a style that s very difficult to describe simply put, you ll have to read it for yourself to see what I mean I
I wanted to like this book, I really did It was recommended to me by a dear friend who is also a writer, and the topic of immigrants and poverty and spiritual growth are close to my heart But I can t recommend it Either the writer is too young to be writing memoir or she is still too close to the events in the book to be able to provide much depth or perspective I think it s the former, because the tone is self absorbed and self congratulatory we are told about two dozen times that the little girls
I was drawn in by the title of this book, and I must say I am still unclear who exactly Ms Thebarge means Is it her, because of her breast cancer diagnosis at an early age is it the family of Somalians she befriends or the little girls of that family that are invisible This was not an easy read because of all the disjointed ideas and fragmented thoughts While this is a her account of her experience with medical issues, I found it difficult to believe understand some of the claims I, too, am a breast cancer survivor, but I never once felt invisible becuase of it, and I never once felt less than compassion and caring and true concern from all levels of the medical profession with whom I had contact.The final point of this book was Ms Thebarge s concern about who was going to help the little girls go to college What a naive leap was made here These are children who didn t know what toilet paper was for, have beds they didn t know what silverware was, or even have chairs to sit in The mother still couldn t speak or understand English without her daughter translating by the end of the book And Ms Thebarge worries who will pay for college What about who will help them with their basic daily needs and socialization This may have been a blog jounal of interest, but it doesn t merit a book At least not a book where so many thoughts have been intertwined just to try to make a link between two separate and distinct sto
Absolutely seeped in self congratulation and condescension, with no small amount of Christian evangelizing There s probably a good story in here and a worthwhile cause, but well, the last line of the book is literally a child telling the author when I grow up, I want to be just like you FIN. I read this post from Sarah on a Saturday, ordered the book almost immediately and had it in hand early the next week Within 36 hours from the time I glanced at the first pages, I d read the entire thing I hardly ever do this some books take me months to read A number of things about this book intrigued me First is the interplay between the story of how a young woman grappled with a double mastectomy and her interaction with a Somali family lost in a culture they didn t understand Second, she reaches a hope filled conclusion as to where God is when the pain and loneliness are louder than any other sounds and people don t know what to say or do so they withdraw Finally, she calls attention to a population in the United States in need of serious consideration Immigrants who are treated as though they don t exist due to ethic, linguistic, and religious differences therefore, th
A memoir I seem to be reading memoirs these days than I have at any other point in my life Maybe it s because people are writing them Or because people are taking memoir seriously Or because I m taking memoir seriously now that I ve hit the wise, old age of 26 Probably, it partially has something to do with the rise of blogs and the coveted blog to book deal dream.I think this one was a blog to book deal At least, TheBarge mentions a blog I tried to find it, but all I found was a wiped template with a few pages advertising the book Now that a publisher is paying her for her story, the blog is dead.This makes me sad for blogs.Sarah TheBarge does have quite the story, and certainly a story that belong on paper, reaching people than her blog would have, perhaps At the age of 27, her life fell apart when she discovered blood on her shirt and, upon squeezing her breast, realize something was very very wrong A double mastectomy And then, it recurred Essentially, TheBarge lived through a nightmare A few years later, in a new city, trying to restart her life, she meets a Somalian woman and her children on a bus and a new part of her story begins as she gets to know the family and helps them survive in the new
This is really three books in one There is the story of how Sarah meets a Somali refugee family on a train and immediately feels a connection with them, and so befriends the mother and her five girls and becomes a part of her life Then there is the flashback story to when, at 27, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer This is told with very honest emotion and feelings not just the shock and physical pain, but also how it seemed that her friends, and fiancee, all seemed to distance themselves from her at a time when she needed them most.Lastly is Sarah s story of faith I am not a religious person, so this part was hard for me to relate to, and tbh, by the end of the book she had become a little too evangelical for me However, I appreciate her devotion and her ability to keep her faith through very difficult times Particularly considering the fundamental upbringing she had.And so the invisible girls are the refugee family who are brought to America with no skills, money, or language to be able to live effectively It is also Sarah who became invisible to everyone through her illness And it is also the girls Sarah grew up with in a fundamental christian upbringing who were seen a
Sarah Thebarge s The Invisible Girls A Memoir is a testament to endurance, hope, and selflessness Sarah grew up a pastor s child in a conservative Christian family As a young adult, her future seemed bright A bright student, she earned a pair of Ivy League degrees in journalism and medicine Mr Right seemed close to proposing That is until cancer derailed the trajectory of her life and she found herself on the brink of death After narrowly surviving, she fled her life and found herself in Portland, OR, as far away as she could get It was there she chanced upon a family of Somali refugee girls on the commuter train Sarah took a chance and befriended the family As their improbably friendship developed, Sarah discovered their commonality She too was a refugee from her own life She too was oppressed the religious fundamentalism of her tribe, particularly regarding the suffocating roles assigned to women God was a harsh patriarch who treated her in ways she could not treat her worst enemy Through the process of losing her life to help this struggling family, she recovers her faith and a God worth worshipping.Sarah writes in a nimble and understated style Her characters like Vonnegut s Potato chip thin and irresistible You cannot stop at one, two, or twelve She recounts each set back, trial, and betrayal with journalistic objectivity, leaving room for the reader to mourn and get angry for

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  • The Invisible Girls
  • Sarah Thebarge
  • English
  • 25 November 2017
  • 9781455523924