• Nowhere Girl

  • A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
  • By: Cheryl Diamond
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

By the age of nine, I will have lived in more than a dozen countries, on five continents, under six assumed identities. I’ll know how a document is forged, how to withstand an interrogation, and most important, how to disappear . . .

To the young Cheryl Diamond, life felt like one big adventure, whether she was hurtling down the Himalayas in a rickety car or mingling with underworld fixers. Her family appeared to be an unbreakable gang of five. One day they were in Australia, the next in South Africa, the pattern repeating as they crossed continents, changed identities, and erased their pasts. What Diamond didn’t yet know was that she was born into a family of outlaws fleeing from the highest international law enforcement agencies, a family with secrets that would eventually catch up to all of them.

By the time she was in her teens, Diamond had lived dozens of lives and lies, but as she grew older, love and trust turned to fear and violence, and her family—the only people she had in the world—began to unravel. She started to realize that her life itself might be a big con, and the people she loved, the most dangerous of all. With no way out and her identity burned so often that she had no proof she even existed, all that was left was a girl from nowhere.

Surviving would require her to escape, and to do so Diamond would have to unlearn all the rules she grew up with. Wild, heartbreaking, and often unexpectedly funny, Nowhere Girl is an impossible-to-believe true story of self-discovery and triumph.

©2021 Cheryl Diamond (P)2022 Algonquin Books

Critic Reviews

"A riveting tale of trauma and resilience."—People

“Like Tara Westover’s Educated, Cheryl Diamond’s memoir tells the harrowing story of how crippling a childhood can be under the despotic narcissistic rule of a controlling father . . . Diamond has a powerful story to tell, and she tells it well, creating strong characters and settings, describing the complicated motivations of her parents and older siblings, all while conveying her yearning for ‘normalcy,’ whatever that is.”—New York Journal of Books 

“A shocking rollercoaster ride of a story that shares secrets of life on the run but also asks big questions about what family means and who we truly are, no matter what the name on a passport might say.”—Town & Country 

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It pulls you in

I’ve been on a kick recently with travel themed memoirs. This one was a great listen and I didn’t want to stop it when I needed to. Also a few swear words but not enough that I couldn’t listen to it with kids around

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Incredible story

An incredible story that invokes deep emotions. Honest. Vulnerable. Perfectly written. I didn’t want it to end.

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Who needs fiction?!

Who needs fiction when real life can be so unbelievable and so beautifully captured. To say I feel for the author is an understatement of gigantic proportion, as would be a statement of respect. This is a “read it to believe” it book that hooked me in from the beginning and had me glued to Audible until the bitter end.

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Fantastic

This is the only book that I have ever reread the moment I finished it. The story is captivating and the writing exceptional. The author's skill is as impressive as her story.

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At first I wasn’t sure if I was gonna like this…

But then it just kept getting so interesting… I just can’t imagine growing up in this fashion with a fear-based father. In the beginning because he was a Sikh I was assuming he was grounded and holistic and then he ended up being such an asshole to his wife and to everyone he encountered he was such a user. Yet he had his daughter striving for his approval… It was so unusual but it really grabbed me and why did we how manipulating humans can be to each other. She did a great job of describing visually where she was and how they lived. It was a very intriguing story.

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A Good Read, Don't Expect Everything

For a true crime reader, the book was good. Average I would say. But don't go into it expecting everything to be up to par and just amazingly well done. It's a hard to believe storyline and definitely worth reading, but it's not the most amazing TC book or doesn't compare with the top 20 or so. JMHO. The narration is good too and is matched well. Overall, worth checking out. 3.5/5🤩

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A wild ride

Loved this story..of this messy family that was on the run with Nowhere Girl . Felt you were right there with her. There will be some unanswered questions ( about brother and father) in the end but life isn't tied up with a bow..and either is this book. Enjoy the ride..

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Amazing story!

I’m struck by the bravery of the author and her ability to share the struggle she endured and the learnings she achieved. The narrator was excellent!

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A strange tale to say the least!

The tale unraveled in these pages would have people shaking their heads if it was a movie much less real life. in today's age this story probably could not happen but at the time this happened it fits although it is unbelievable that people would treat children in this manner. An interesting read.

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Genuine, thoughtful

This is one of the best books that I have ever listened to. I am going to buy a hard copy of it. There are so many life lessons which seem to match up with many of my own challenges in life.

Thank you, Janet Angell

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 08-19-21

This is a review of the hollows

It’s ok but really over written very obvious about what everybody is thinking. I didn’t mind it but needs editing