On Black Sisters Street (Paperback)

By Chika Unigwe

Ohio University Press, 9780821419922, 258pp.

Publication Date: January 9, 2012

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Description

Chika Unigwe is the winner of the 2012 Nigeria Prize for Literature for On Black Sisters Street.

On Black Sisters Street tells the haunting story of four very different women who have left their African homeland for the riches of Europe--and who are thrown together by bad luck and big dreams into a sisterhood that will change their lives. Each night, Sisi, Ama, Efe, and Joyce stand in the windows of Antwerp's red-light district, promising to make men's desires come true--if only for half an hour. They offer their bodies to strangers but their hearts to no one, each focused on earning enough to get herself free, to send money home, or to save up for her own future. Drawn together by Sisi's murder, the women must choose between their secrets and their safety.

This first paperback edition of On Black Sisters Street celebrates once again the U.S. publication debut of Chika Unigwe, a brilliant new writer and a standout voice among contemporary African authors.




About the Author

Chika Unigwe was born in Nigeria and now lives in Belgium with her husband and four children. She was a 2008 UNESCO-Aschberg fellow and a 2009 Rockefeller Foundation fellow. She holds a PhD from the University of Leiden. She is the recipient of several awards for her writing, including the 2012 Nigerian Prize for Literature for On Black Sisters Street, and first prize in the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition. In 2004 she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Her first novel, De Feniks, was published in Dutch in 2005.
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