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From the Publisher“Boiling with a sly, generous humor On Black Sisters Street marks the arrival of a latter-day Thackeray, an Afro-Belgian writer who probes with passion, grace and comic verve the underbelly of our globalized new world economy.”
— New York Times Book Review
“Unigwe’s gripping tale chronicles the lives of four African women working as prostitutes in Antwerp’s red-light district.
As Unigwe tells her characters’ stories in interweaving narratives and time lines, the women embody depths of fear and displacement, as well as the will to survive and prosper.”
“This spellbinding novel
combines a storyteller’s narrative flair with a reporter’s eye for grim, gritty details about the sex industry.
Unigwe crafts her characters’ voices with crystalline prose and compassion, in a revelatory work as tough, humane and unsentimental as its heroines.”
— Caryn James, More Magazine
“In her English-language debut, the Nigerian-born Unigwe convincingly exposes an unfamiliar world without sentimentality.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Unigwe has a talent for capturing the dashed dreams of young women who are stronger than they imagine.
(T)he women’s personal stories are wrenchingly memorable.”
— Library Journal
The author’s raw voice, unflinching eye for detail, facility for creating a complex narrative, and affection for her characters make this a must read.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review