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Summary

When Baba Segi awoke with a bellyache for the sixth day in a row, he knew it was time to do something drastic about his fourth wife's childlessness. To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore a great prize, but even graduates must produce children, and her husband's persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be.

She only wants to escape to a quiet life, but the others disapprove of the newest, youngest, cleverest addition to the family. Treated with respect by her husband, she is viewed with suspicion by her seniors - who fear she may unlock their well-guarded secret.

Through the voices of Baba Segi and his four wives, Lola Shoneyin weaves a vibrant story of love, secrets and a family like every other - happy and unhappy, truthful and not, sometimes kind, sometimes competitive, always bound by blood and the past.

©2013 Lola Shoneyin (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Awesome

This is an awesome book! Thank God the author decided to perform the audiobook herself..... So we didn't have to put up with ghastly and distracting mispronunciations by well meaning performers.

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Fantastic twisted tale

A tantalising narration of a twisted tale on polygamy. Loved how each character was allowed to explain their story from their perspective. Initially disliked some characters but that changes when they explained led them to become entangled with Baba Segi, some empathy could be spared for them. Thank you Lola great read ❤️❤️

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loved it

certainly one of the best books I have listened to in a while. the Author narrating the story certainly made it so immersive.

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Immerse yourself in Africa

The writing is poetic but also very strong and solid.
The story unfolds of the ladies and children in the household of Baba Segi. Gently teased out,unraveled and analyzed in only the culture of the African way of life.
There is a vibrancy to all the characters and the author reading her own work is just magical, as I put my ear buds in, I am transported to my little piece of Africa.

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Brilliant!

So glad not to have to cringe at the pronunciations of the names and places in this book because it was narrated by someone who knows the language.

I really enjoyed the unfolding of the story.

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I enjoyed it

My third book with a Nigerian theme and I did enjoy it. it was a bit disjointed at times but got there.

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A riveting story!

From the first chapter to the last this book is captivating. How the writer explicity describes places, things and
people make them come to life. I loved how each and every character had different layers to them showing us how they all had their different crosses to bear and how through pain and unfulfiled dreams and goals, the theme that runs through all of the wives, we learn how this shapes them and causes them to make the decisions they thought were the right ones for them. Loved how the book captures people from different walks of life and how they all come to coexist under one roof. Loved it!! a must read purchase I would gladly recommend!

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Well written but disturbing

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really loved it, very moving

It took me a while to get into the story but I grew to adore it. very moving - some beautiful moments of human relationships and deep troubles too. also educational about Nigerian culture. the author reads it very well.

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Amazing!

Absolutely loved it! By the end, I could sympathise with every character, even if I didn't agree with what they were doing.

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As good as I expected

It is as good as I expected... A fun and educational story.
A must read (at some stage)
Believable and human.