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On Black Sisters Street: A Novel (2007)

by Chika Unigwe(Favorite Author)
3.57 of 5 Votes: 4
1400068339 (ISBN13: 9781400068333)
Random House
review 1: I am going to find it very hard to review this book as a man ,I found it a very distressing read in parts but also very moving. It is the story of 4 women who for various reasons end going from Lagos to Nigeria as prostitutes, unable to escape from their lives there because a debt they then owe to the gang leader and fear of violence. After the death of one of them (revealed in blurb at back) the three remaining women tell their individual stories interspersed with chapters telling the story of the victim. At the end the three are no longer the anonymous sex objects in an Antwerp brothel windows but human beings whose stories are heartbreaking, and the appalling acts inflicted on them individually are very hard to read but giving an important voice to their anonymity. A br... moreilliant book but a tough read.
review 2: Excellent read. Loved the way Unigwe managed to tell the stories of each woman so colourfully and so vividly. This book was difficult to put down, it flowed from one page to the next. I particularly loved her deliberate and eloquent use of pidgin throughout. Even though the book focuses on a very sensitive and unsettling theme, Unigwe is able to depict a highly nuanced narrative of each character. A must-read for all lovers of contemporary African writing. less
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Interesting story with a less than stellar ending.
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