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The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

Shoneyin, Lola


On Sale Date: 6/29/10
Print Run: 50,000
Format: Hardcover
  288 pgs.
Price: $23.99
ISBN: 0061946370
ISBN 13: 9780061946370
Other Formats
Ebook 9780062002921

“A gifted Nigerian-born poet makes her fiction debut with a perceptive and entertaining novel, set in modern-day Nigeria, of a polygamous husband and his four very different wives. For Baba Segi, his collection of wives and gaggle of children are a symbol of prosperity, success, and a validation of his manhood. All is well in this patriarchal home until Baba arrives with wife number four: a quiet, college-educated, young woman named Bolanle. Jealous and resentful of this interloper who is stealing their husband’s attention, Baba Segi’s three wives begin to plan her downfall. How dare she offer to teach them to read, they whisper. They vow to teach her a lesson instead. What they don’t know is that Bolanle hides a terrible secret: a secret that unwittingly exposes the deception and lies upon Baba Segi’s household rests. A stirring tale of men and women, mothers and children, servitude and independence, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives illuminates the common threads that connect the experiences of all women: the hardships they bear, their struggle to define themselves, and their fierce desire to protect those they love.”

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