Friday, March 18, 2011

Lola Shoneyin's THE SECRET LIVES OF BABA SEGI'S WIVES Nominated for The Orange Prize

Congratulations to Lola Shoneyin! Her debut novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives has been longlisted for the presitigous Orange Prize for Fiction, which celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from throughout the world. Previous winners of this award include Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and many other fantastic women writers.

Shoneyin's novel, is a wonderful piece for students of world literature, telling a perceptive, entertaining, and eye-opening tale of polygamy in modern-day Nigeria. The struggles, rivalries, intricate family politics, and the interplay of personalities and relationships within the complex private world of a polygamous union come to life in The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.


“Shoneyin, a magical writer, spins her web of story with deceptively simple elegance. Her novel opens the door wider to a reader’s understanding with each chapter. Those who appear to be villains are suddenly revealed as tortured souls. Shoneyin, like all good writers, knows that villains aren’t one-dimensional.... Deceptively straightforward, with lines that merited re-reading and being turned like jewels to catch the light, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is one of those wonderful books which has brain-building nutrients tucked into the delicious story.”—Huffington Post

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