The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

eBook - 2010
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Baba Segi's fourth wife, the young, college-educated Bolanle, sends his household into turmoil, causing his other three wives to become jealous and resentful and to plot her downfall.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062002921
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (280 p.) : geneal. table


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May 27, 2014

I read this book about 2 years ago. Loved it.
Looking forward to reading it again very soon.
I am so happy EPL has a copy of it in a library close to me.

Apr 15, 2014

A gripping story of the four very different women that live under the prosperity of Baba Segi. They each share how they came to reside in his house and cope with the complications of marriage. I enjoyed every voice, every character and every page of this story. I only wish Baba Segi would not have been so tormented by the secrets his wives carried.

Jan 04, 2013

This is the story of a plump, vain, middle class Nigerian man and his four wives, told from their perspectives, and the wives' secret. It is a light read but quite good.

Katje Feb 24, 2012

Fascinating exploration of another culture, with well-fleshed-out characters and some mysterious secrets that kept me intrigued to the end.

technojoy Jan 12, 2012

Baba Segi is a man to admire -- wealthy, powerful, and father of large family. The question with which the book opens is, why doesn't Baba Segi have a child with his most recent, and favourite, wife? One by one, his wives tell their stories. In the end, Baba Segi will have his question answered, and he and his wives will see their lives changed -- not all for the better. Shoneyin tells a good story, and draws her characters well. This is one of my favourite fiction reads for 2011.

readtoday Jul 18, 2011

Told from multiple perspectives, this Nigerian tale unfolds the many layers of human desire, and the complexities of human excess.

afscully Jan 30, 2011

I loved this book. The author takes us through the story of Baba Segi’s household, telling the story from his point of view and that of each of his wives. We eventually learn each person’s background, how each wife met and married Baba Segi, and all the complexities that lead individuals to develop different points of view. Without giving anything away, it’s fair to say that the book is as much about human nature as it is a peek into a polygamous family. I found this story fascinating from beginning to end.


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