The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

What is it: Novel. The Introspective tale of one household, four women and one man.

Title: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

Author: Lola Shoneyin lolashoneyin-1

Year published: 2010

Who would like it: People who love to examine life and how we end up where we are by following the options we have available, sometimes further from and sometimes closer to our dreams.

Why you should read it: This book tells the tale of polygamous marriage from the perspective of all four wives and the husband himself. The principle character, around whom the story is centred, is the newest and youngest, a college-educated young woman named Bolanle.

Don’t read if: You lack the ability to imagine yourself into someone else’s shoes.

Great quote: “The choices we have to make in this world are hard and bitter. Sometimes we have no choices at all.”

Setting: Ibadan, Nigeria

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