To the dismay of her overbearingly 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. Bolanle is too educated for the 'white garment conmen' Baba Segi would usually go to for fertility advice, so he takes her to hospital to discover the cause of her barrenness.
Weaving the voices of Baba Segi and his four competing wives into a portrait of a clamorous household of twelve, Lola Shoneyin evokes an extraordinary Nigerian family in splashes of vibrant colour.
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A funny and moving story told with love and compassion ... a jewel of a novel (Petina Gappah)
This deft, lightly spun story packs quite a punch. Shoneyin's unravelling of a family is rooted in and flavoured by Nigeria, but speaks more widely. It is a book you'll want to eat in a sitting - and then start again (Diran Adebayo)
This first novel is a compelling, unsettling tale of a polygamous household and the women within Baba Segi's walls. Shoneyin's sharply written portrait of a family and a nation gripped by the past, yet surging into modernity, manages to be funny, disconcerting and violent all at once. An utterly gripping read. (Patricia Duncker)
A rich debut... an engrossing and beautifully written domestic tale of polygamy and rivalry set in her native Nigeria. (N/A Harper's Bazaar 2010-03-01)
A Rabelaisian picture of polygamous marriage, comically capturing the physical realities of ordinary Nigerian life. (Giles Foden Pre-publication endorsement 2010-04-01)
Riveting... a truly compelling tale... (Davina Morris The Voice 2010-04-05)
An engrossing portrayal of a polygamous household... a rich portrait of a family on the verge of collapse. (Yasmin Sulaiman The List 2010-04-01)
Riotous... this debut novel is a real eye-opener: a deft, compelling and unsettling tale. (Ailin Quinlan Irish Examiner 2010-05-10)
Vividly written with a poet's eye, this novel reveals its secrets with humour, verve and poignancy. (Beverley Naidoo N/A 2010-06-13)
Engrossing and throughly entertaining... Flavoured with humour, proverbs and malevolent feuding... ( Travel Africa 2010-07-01)
You have to commend Shoneyin's ability to maintain a strong and fluid narrative, with vivid descriptions, and not once does the humour drop. A warm and captivating read, this book will make you laugh out loud. ( New African Woman 2010-07-01)
A riotous domestic African novel about rivalry, secrets and jealous wives
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Book Description William Morrow, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061946370
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Book Description William Morrow, 2010. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! 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. Meet Baba Segi . . . A plump, vain, and prosperous middle-aged man of robust appetites, Baba Segi is the patriarch of a large household that includes a quartet of wives and seven children. But his desire to possess more just might be his undoing. And his wives . . . Iya Segi-the bride of Baba Segi's youth, a powerful, vindictive woman who will stop at nothing to protect her favored position as ruler of her husband's home. Iya Tope-Baba Segi's second wife, a shy, timid woman whose decency and lust for life are overshadowed by fear. Iya Femi-the third wife, a scheming woman with crimson lips and expensive tastes who is determined to attain all that she desires, no matter what the cost. Bolanle-Babi Segi's fourth and youngest wife, an educated woman wise to life's misfortunes who inspires jealousy in her fellow wives . . . and who harbors a secret that will expose shocking truths about them all. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0061946370