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 because 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.