Friday, July 27, 2012

On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe

Four Nigerian women who have come to Antwerp to work in the red light district share living quarters on Zwartesusterstraat.  Although prostitution itself is legal in Belgium, they are powerless economic refugees who are in the country illegally and deeply in debt to the pimp who recruited them.  When one of these women is murdered, the others begin to confide in each other. Each has her own unique background and reason for being there. Each has her own hopes and plans for a better future. This is a story of women in dreadful circumstances who must make impossible choices. Those who loved Little Bee by Chris Cleave will also be enthralled by On Black Sisters Street.