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This stunning U.S. debut from Chika Unigwe won immense acclaim and immediately established its author as a writer to be reckoned with. Lured to Belgium from Lagos by an unscrupulous businessman, Sisi falls into prostitution, her life disintegrating as Black Sister's Street saps her every hope.

©2009 Chika Unigwe (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Kelli
  • Birmingham, AL, United States
  • 03-01-12

Something Different

I discovered this book while looking for a Nigerian author for a reading challenge. As with any book set outside of the United States, I liked being transported to two different countries: Nigeria and Belgium, neither of which I had ever visited. I also liked the structure of the book as it moved from the present in Belgium and the mystery surrounding the murder of a fellow sex worker back to the pasts of four different women and their paths from Africa to Europe and to their current trade. This book is dark and the naivete of the characters seems a bit unrealistic at times, but I found myself moving through the story quickly. Men are the aggressors throughout the book but that part of the story seems based on an all-to-often reality for many women in many parts of the world.

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  • Kelli
  • Birmingham, AL, United States
  • 01-15-12

How 4 African Girls End Up Sex Workers in Belgium

I discovered this book while looking for a Nigerian author for a reading challenge. As with any book set outside of the United States, I liked being transported to two different countries: Nigeria and Belgium, neither of which I had ever visited. I also liked the structure of the book as it moved from the present in Belgium and the mystery surrounding the murder of a fellow sex worker back to the pasts of four different women and their paths from Africa to Europe and to their current trade. This book is dark and the naivete of the characters seems a bit unrealistic at times, but I found myself moving through the story quickly. Men are the aggressors throughout the book but that part of the story seems based on an all-to-often reality for many women in many parts of the world.