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On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe
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Jul 13, 12

bookshelves: a-kindle, a-to-z-2012, family-relationships, atw80
Read from May 31 to June 02, 2012

On Black Sisters Street is a really well written and eye opening depiction of the lives of four African women working as prostitutes in Antwerp's red- light area. They have come to Europe as a means of escaping disparate but equally desolate lives in Africa, hoping to earn enough money to change those lives for the better. The women live together in an apartment but they are not friends and they keep their motivations, hopes and dreams to themselves as a protective shield. Their bodies may be openly on sale every day, but they will not expose their souls to anyone. When tragedy strikes one of them, the women are drawn closer together and gradually they share and we are thus told their heartbreaking stories, as the narrative shifts between their pasts in Africa and their current existence in Belgium.

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05/31/2012 page 140
51.0% "Engrossing and compelling. Read late into early am as couldn't put down."
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