The Secret Lives of the Four Wives: A Novel by Lola Shoneyin

The Secret Lives of the Four Wives: A Novel

byLola Shoneyin

Kobo ebook | June 29, 2010

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African-born poet Lola Shoneyin makes her fiction debut with The Secret Lives of Babi Segi’s Wives, a perceptive, entertaining, and eye-opening novel of polygamy in modern-day Nigeria. The struggles, rivalries, intricate family politics, and the interplay of personalities and relationships within the complex private world of a polygamous union come to life in The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s WivesBig Love and The 19th Wife set against a contemporary African background.

Title:The Secret Lives of the Four Wives: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 29, 2010Publisher:HarperCollins E-BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062002929

ISBN - 13:9780062002921


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely beautiful This book is so engaging and gorgeously written. The level of humor is subtle, but a welcome added layer to this book. The fact that it's written from numerous perspectives allows you to really get into each character and see their history and motivations. I would highly suggest this book to anyone that loves fiction.
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Simple Masterpiece The synopsis of this book is what initially drew me in, i thought it would be a nice light read and I was intrigued to read a story about a Nigerian polygamist and his wives....not that I didn't know immediately what the "secret" must have been, I mean come on, 4 wives, one unable to conceive and a devastating secret that could destroy them all??? But it doesn't matter, this book is about so much more then a racy secret. It is about the complexities of family, jealousy, trust, and culture. This novel could have been very dark and depressing given it's content and all the things these characters had to endure, but it wasn't, at all. You expect to dislike Baba Segi, but you can't. Each character is sensitively written, all of their qualities and flaws laid bare for you to see, and completely brought to life by Shoneyin. You love them, hate them, but ultimately you understand them, what drives them, why they are who they know them, and realize it doesn't matter what side of the world you are on, what socio-economic/cultural background you come from, or even the colour of your skin. We are all the same - shaped into the people we become by our experiences. This is an exquisite novel, simple yet beautiful, and I highly recommend it to women and book clubs everywhere.
Date published: 2011-11-17