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His Only Wife (Paperback)Peace Adzo Medie (author)
Elikem married me in absentia; he did not come to our wedding.
Afi Tekple is a young seamstress living in a small town in Ghana with her widowed mother. Afi's future doesn't seem to hold much excitement. Until, that is, she is offered a life-changing opportunity - a proposal of marriage from the wealthy family of Elikem Ganyo.
She barely knows Elikem, but that seems a small price to pay for a marriage that could offer her family financial security, as well as the key to the glitzy city lifestyle she's always wanted. But when Afi arrives in Accra, she realises that her fairy-tale ending might not be all that she'd hoped for. Now she must balance the often conflicting roles of wife, daughter, niece and sister-in-law, without losing sight of herself.
Bursting with warmth and humour, His Only Wife is a witty, smart and moving comedy-of-manners about the search for independence, and the rules that might have to be broken along the way.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
'This fierce young woman's struggle for independence in a city that is way out of step with the time-honoured traditions of the rural village in which she grew up is vivid, witty and utterly absorbing.'
'I love this book so much I turned the pages so fast... It's all about the search for independence and being true to yourself and who you really are.'
'Mesmerising... This is not a book to read with one eye on a beach volleyball tournament; it’s a story to soak up in silence, on a long, cloudy afternoon when you have time to think.'
'With characters making questionable decisions and a rather brilliant ending, this is a good old-fashion book club read that'll leave you arguing about character motivations and morals.'
'A Cinderella story set in Ghana... A Crazy Rich Asians for West Africa, with a healthy splash of feminism.'
'Bursting with warmth, humour and richly drawn characters you can’t help but root for.'
'A hilarious, page-turning, sharply realized portrait of modern womanhood in the most infuriating of circumstances. A gem of a debut.'
'I couldn't put down His Only Wife, which made me nostalgic for the food, frills, and folly of Ghana. Peace Adzo Medie's sentences are packed with muscle, beauty, and hilarity. Even though I was rooting for Afi's happiness in her arranged marriage, I didn’t see that beauty of a twist coming at the end.'
'In her debut novel, Medie writes with a precise rhythm that builds the reader’s anticipation. Themes like deception, ambition, love, and values drench the pages with conflict that evolves into an emotional rollercoaster.'
'This stirring tale sings when Afi learns to flex her limited power.'
'Afi's charm makes her an empowering example of modern womanhood... Its message bold and its viewpoint appealing, His Only Wife is an inspiring novel.'
'Medie gives Afi a voice that winningly combines insecurity, wisdom and dignity... The dramas of Afi's marriage and various family conflicts offer an entertaining plot rich with humour, but it is the story of the strong woman in a challenging and changing world that will capture readers' hearts. His Only Wife is a memorable novel of personal growth and choosing one's own destiny... [A] winning debut.'
'A fierce and funny debut novel... A deeply engrossing chronicle of contemporary Ghanaian womanhood.'
'A fierce and funny first novel...[that] cleverly upends a Cinderella story into a tale of feminism.'
'A story that kept me tied to the page, told in masterful, seamless prose... Medie depicts a vivid and dazzling Accra, and it's impossible not to root for Afi as she finds her footing within it.'
'In her sparkling debut novel, Ghanaian writer and academic Peace Adzo Medie uses humour, candour and feminism to examine womanhood, marriage and agency in modern Ghana.'
'A witty Cinderella portrait of modern life and love.'
'A unique and unapologetic marriage story that shines with honesty, humanity, power and grace: once you pick this book up, you won't be able to put it down. Medie's urgent, intimate voice is exactly what the world needs right now.'
'Combining heart and humour with a hearty dose of feminism, Peace Adzo Medie's debut is an illuminating and empowering read with a heroine you will remember for a long time.'
'A fierce and funny study of modern womanhood within Ghanaian culture.'
'Medie belongs to a long line of talented women writers who show [Ghana's] rich culture and history to be bountiful sources of inspiration.'
'This rich, rewarding debut novel follows a Ghanaian seamstress — forced into an arranged marriage with a wealthy man she has never met — on her journey of self-discovery.'
'A refreshingly modern Ghanaian love story.'
'[A] witty riff on the Cinderella fairytale.'
'Engaging, provocative... There is an easy, fluid style to the writing, quick intimacy with character and a kind of innocent humour… Throughout the book there are bright daubs of Ghanaian life… It all flows remarkably well in a memorable debut from a writer whose frustrations with certain aspects of the culture of her homeland come brilliantly to life.'
'A young Ghanaian woman embarks on a questionable marriage in this entertaining comedy of manners.'
'If you are looking to escape to another country, take a trip to Ghana with His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie... Throughout the novel there are mouthwatering descriptions of yam stews, bustling markets and beautiful homes and apartments in Accra, but best of all it's all underpinned by a warm coming-of-age-tale mixed in with a subtle takedown of the patriarchy. If that doesn't convince you, it's also a Reese Witherspoon pick for her book club.'
'Adzo Medie's highly praised debut… is a captivating modern love story with a refreshingly different twist.'
'A warm and moving tale… His Only Wife is utterly transporting – Medie's use of Ghanaian dialect, rich descriptions of traditional foods and an insight into cultural practices make readers feel like they are completely immersed in Afi's world… Afi's strength is inspiring, and I guarantee that all readers will feel inspired to consider who we truly are and what we value when we stop worrying about the judgement of others.'
'Riveting... A very human tale with finely drawn believable characters, family relationships and a great deal of humour, giving a glimpse of life in Ghana.'
'This modern Cinderella story doesn't sugar-coat the reality of poverty, family obligations and arranged marriages, but Medie depicts it with a light touch, her likeable heroine negotiating her way through her predicament with intelligence and pragmatism.'
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Firstly, I love the cover, so vibrant!
The novel was absolutely brilliant both funny and full of female empowerment!
Most certainly recommended to all.
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