Author: Chika Unigwe
My Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Adult Fiction/ African Literature
Year of Publication: 2009
Number of Pages: 296
Four very different women have made their way from Africa to the red light district of Brussels. They have come to claim for themselves the riches they believe Europe promises but when Sisi, the most enigmatic of the women, is murdered, their already fragile world is shattered.
Drawn together by the tragedy, the remaining three women - Joyce, a great beauty whose life has been devastated by war; Ama, whose dark moods hide a past injustice; and Efe, whose determination to earn her keep is motivated by a particular zeal - slowly begin to share their stories. They are stories of fear, displacement, love and of all, they are stories of a sinister man called Dele.
Let me just start by saying that I knew I'd love this book from the moment I read the synopsis. That's why I'm not doubting the 5 stars I awarded this book. It was brilliant, well written and each page made me ache to read the next.
I never got bored or tired of any of the women's stories and no two stories were similar, so that made it wayyyyy more riveting and the characters were immensely intriguing.
I absolutely loved how she mixed pidgin (broken) English with her almost impeccable vocabulary. In general, this book made me have mixed emotions ranging from sadness to amusement to disgust. I definitely recommend this book. It's a must read. I can and will definitely read this book more than once. and I look forward to reading more books by this Author because she has stolen my heart. You can purchase this masterpiece Here .
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