The Invisible Girls: A Memoir

A young woman scarred by her past.

  A refugee mother uncertain of her future.

      Five little girls who brought them together.


After surviving a grueling battle with breast cancer, 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 will engage you to see yourself and the world around you with new eyes.


All of the proceeds from the book are going towards a college fund for the Somali girls.

To purchase a copy of The Invisible Girls, please select from these online retailers.


(note: because Givingtons is a Christian retailer founded by people with a heart for generosity, more money goes to the Invisible Girls Trust Fund if you buy the book here!)

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