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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chika Unigwe Narrator: Chinasa Ogbuagu Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2013 ISBN: 9781461803843
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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. Pledged to the fierce Madam and a mysterious pimp named Dele, the girls share an apartment but little else—they keep their heads down, knowing that one step out of line could cost them a week’s wages. They open their bodies to strangers but their hearts to no one, each focused on earning enough to get herself free, to send money home, or save up for her own future.

Then, suddenly, a murder shatters the still surface of their lives. Drawn together by tragedy and the loss of one of their own, the women realize that they must choose between their secrets and their safety. As they begin to tell their stories, their confessions reveal the face in Efe’s hidden photograph, Ama’s lifelong search for a father, Joyce’s true name, and Sisi’s deepest secrets—-and all their tales of fear, displacement, and love, concluding in a chance meeting with a handsome, sinister stranger.

On Black Sisters Street marks the US publication debut of Chika Unigwe, a brilliant new writer and a standout voice among contemporaryAfrican authors. Raw, vivid, unforgettable, and inspired by a powerful oral storytelling tradition, this novel illuminates the dream of the West—and that dream’s illusion and annihilation—as seen through African eyes. It is a story of courage, unity, and hope, of women’s friendships and of bonds that, once forged, cannot be broken.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2011 New York Times Editor’s Choice

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Navin | 1/31/2014

    " While the characters were interesting and I enjoyed learning a little about Nigeria, the writing left something to be desired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.n. | 1/30/2014

    " Emotional, moving, sad. Women, choices and consequences. I thought this book was great but was also sad that women have to make certain choices in order to "progress". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/27/2014

    " This book took me away from work I planned to do at home. Very vivid, I was right in Antwerp with the girls. Time well-spent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Felicia (Ferishia) | 1/24/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this. I did not finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 1/15/2014

    " Enjoyed the story and learning about each characters lives, but for some reason when the book was over I was left with a little bit of "that's it?" I feel like there could have been more to the story and the development of each of the women beyond the simple reasons behind why they chose the life they did. This was a well written book and I would recommend it to others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Portia | 1/6/2014

    " It is a sad story illuastrating tough choices that we often need to make about our lives. Also depicting exploitation of others and ability to rise above adversity. Interesting and captivating read. Could not put the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine | 1/4/2014

    " This is a wonderful read. The characters are beautifully drawn and their stories are compelling. The author does a good job in expressing thick dialect in a readable manner. Quite heartbreaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Wharton | 1/2/2014

    " Africa (Nigeria)-Europe (Antwerp) sex trafficking. Strong characters with good stories, and good Nigeria, Sudan, and Antwerp settings. Rings true and authentic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayo Giwa | 12/9/2013

    " great read...wish there was a different ending though. I've noticed that Nigerian authors don't like happy endings in their novels...#interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 9/25/2013

    " An eye opening book, dealing with the seedy side of life, although fiction it is disturbing to know that this kind of thing is happening all the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 8/15/2013

    " I love books that go back and forth in narrative styles, but this one could drag a bit. The Afrikan-style English made it hard to understand, so I wonder if I missed some great stuff. However, the ending is simply beautiful and very authentic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Kums | 4/17/2013

    " Schrijnend verhaal over Afrikaanse prostituees in Antwerpen, maar toch met humor gebracht. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/10/2013

    " Very sad story about Nigerian women working as prostitutes in Antwerp. Well written, but be prepared for some very sad circumstances leading to prostitution as a good 'choice' for women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 12/8/2012

    " Enjoyed it but was a bit depressing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina Chachu | 12/1/2012

    " I probably would have given this book 3.5 stars, but will just leave it as it is. Although it is about four prostitutes in Antwerp, the death of one of them causes the others to tell their stories: how they came from Nigeria to Belgium, but more importantly what drove them to Europe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte-Marie | 11/30/2012

    " Interesting story with a less than stellar ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jlbutler55 | 2/6/2012

    " A depressing novel about African prostitutes in Amsterdam. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sujatha | 1/31/2012

    " Was a bit disappointed with the too predictable writing and just finished it for the sake of completing the reading. Though in parts does manage to pull a chord , it has this formatted way of leading the stories that just fails to grab the attention . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 10/25/2011

    " A worthwhile read, although I may dislike men for just a bit until I get over it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jlbutler55 | 10/9/2011

    " A depressing novel about African prostitutes in Amsterdam. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Felicia (Ferishia) | 9/8/2011

    " I just couldn't get into this. I did not finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 7/28/2011

    " I love books that go back and forth in narrative styles, but this one could drag a bit. The Afrikan-style English made it hard to understand, so I wonder if I missed some great stuff. However, the ending is simply beautiful and very authentic! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 6/15/2011

    " Good but depressing. Only gave 2 stars, as it reminds me too much of my work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 5/7/2011

    " The book wasn't terrible, but I found the story incoherent and the writing distracting. With so many books to read, this one wasn't worth finishing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 4/9/2011

    " I won this book off goodreads and I have to say, I have given it my all. I just cannot finish this book. It's very very slow and just overall depressing. If one day I pick it up and read it all the way through, I will definitely revise my thoughts. "

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About the Author

Chika Unigwe is a Nigerian-born poet, novelist, and short story and children’s writer who produces works in Dutch and in English. She is the recipient of several awards for her writing, including first prize in the BBC Short Story Competition. She holds a PhD in literature from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She lives in Belgium.

About the Narrator

Chinasa Ogbuagu is a voice and television actor known for her roles in Fringe, The Following, and Nurse Jackie. Her voice-over credits include Unbowed, The Challenge for Africa, and The Sacred Place.