Book Review: Lola Shoneyin's 'The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives'

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I loved this book. It tells the story of Baba Segi, a chauvinistic polygamist, living in Ibadan with his 4 wives and 7 children. Initially the first three wives (Iya Segi, Iya Tope and Iya Femi) are seen as monsters that despise the new wife, Bolanle; but over time we learn about their past and their secret lives.

The story is told through the perspectives of the wives and that is one of the joys of the novel. The only problem was that sometimes it took a couple of pages before you realised which wife was narrating. I also enjoyed the gradual revealing of each of the wives’ secret.

I found this to be an easy book to read and absolutely loved it.
4 out of 5 stars.

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