Read quite an absorbing article on The Guardian where leading authors had book recommendations on international classics that should be on student’s bookshelves.
Some of these book recommendations include a book I’ve been looking for; Black Sisters’ Street by Chika Unigwe. I have not yet had the privilege of reading this book – ”Not in stock at the moment” but reading snippets from Goodreads and The Guardian, sounds like I won’t have any regrets.
The novel is a haunting story about 4 different women in Nigeria ending up as prostitutes in Belgium. They open their bodies to strangers but their hearts to no one, each focused on earning enough to get herself free, to send money home or save up for her own future. One of the girls, Sisi gets murdered shatters their already fragile world. Drawn together by tragedy and the loss of one of their own, the women realize that they must choose between their secrets and their safety. It is a story of courage, unity, and hope, of women’s friendships and of bonds that, once forged, cannot be broken.
Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria, and now lives in Turnhout, Belgium, with her husband and four children. She writes in English and Dutch. In April 2014 she was selected for the Hay Festival’s Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define future trends in African literature – GoodReads.
Read more on which books where chosen to be The non-western books that every student should read but are often neglected by universities here:The Guardian