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On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe
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Apr 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: a-kindle, a-to-z-2012, family-relationships, atw80

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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Reading Progress

April 28, 2012 – Shelved
April 28, 2012 – Shelved as: a-kindle
April 28, 2012 – Shelved as: a-to-z-2012
May 31, 2012 – Started Reading
May 31, 2012 – Shelved as: family-relationships
May 31, 2012 –
page 140
54.26% "Engrossing and compelling. Read late into early am as couldn't put down."
June 1, 2012 –
page 225
June 2, 2012 – Shelved as: atw80
June 2, 2012 – Finished Reading

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