#2- The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives..

Book number two is Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. This was one of the books I’ve actually tried to buy off Amazon and failed – twice (the other one being Teju Cole’s Everyday is for the Thief). I thoroughly enjoyed this one – maybe becauseĀ  Baba Segi used to be a moniker I was known by. My summary:

Shoneyin takes polygamous life – the rivalry, the struggle for the bread winner’s attention, the gumption that ensures survival – and condenses it into a compelling narrative. The genius of it all is that is completely believable.