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The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

A Novel

By Lola Shoneyin

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2010,
    256 pages.

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  • Susan K. (dartmouth, MA)


    Mesmerizing
    As another reviewer stated - this book has everything. A bit confusing to read, but totally worth the effort; it was hard to put down. The amount of detail of so many characters' lives packed into this book is astounding. A thoroughly satisfying read and will be great book club material. Check out the author's website: she is quite a fascinating character in her own right.
  • Portia A. (Mount Laurel, NJ)


    A truly engaging story
    Once I started reading, I had to finish this book. The story of Baba Segi and his four wives really held my interest to the very end. The plot has all you can expect; lies, love, intrigue, happiness and great sadness all woven into a family's life.

    A very good book.
  • Nancy L. (Denver, NC)


    Secret Lives is right!
    Although I can't imagine living in a polygamist situation, the lives of these women were completely believable. Since it was set in "modern-day" Nigeria, I was expecting it to compare to Alexander McCall Smith's series set in Botswana. Absolutely nothing like it except for the talent of the author.
    Though you begin knowing Baba Segi and his wives as a whole family, each one has a complicated life leading up to this strange living situation. I could not imagine why an educated modern woman would want to become a part of this patriarchal "kingdom" until I read of her background. Likewise, each wife has a unique story of her own before becoming what she is.
    The author is a poet and this is her first novel. I certainly hope she writes more. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.
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