Review: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

Why I picked it: I received this book last summer and have been meaning to read it since it arrived in my mailbox (remember... I love all things Africa).

Synopsis: 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 . . . 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. Baba Segi's second wife, a shy, timid woman whose decency and lust for life are overshadowed by fear. 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.

Type: Fiction

Quick Take: Highly Recommend - I can't remember the last time I decided to sit and read a book all day.  I couldn't wait to discover the secret and how Baba and the wives would handle the secret!  This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. 

The first wife is so deceptive!

Rating: 5/5 stars

Country: Nigeria
Challenge: Off the Shelf

Source: Review Copy