His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

About the Book:
Peace Adzo Medie
Publisher: William Morrow Books
Release Date: paperback, August 3rd, 2021
Genres: Fiction

Afi Tekple is a young seamstress in Ghana. She is smart; she is pretty; and she has been convinced by her mother to marry a man she does not know. Afi knows who he is, of course—Elikem is a wealthy businessman whose mother has chosen Afi in the hopes that she will distract him from his relationship with a woman his family claims is inappropriate. But Afi is not prepared for the shift her life takes when she is moved from her small hometown of Ho to live in Accra, Ghana’s gleaming capital, a place of wealth and sophistication where she has days of nothing to do but cook meals for a man who may or may not show up to eat them. She has agreed to this marriage in order to give her mother the financial security she desperately needs, and so she must see it through. Or maybe not?

His Only Wife is a witty, smart, and moving debut novel about a brave young woman traversing the minefield of modern life with its taboos and injustices, living in a world of men who want their wives to be beautiful, to be good cooks and mothers, to be women who respect their husbands and grant them forbearance. And in Afi, Peace Medie has created a delightfully spunky and relatable heroine who just may break all the rules.

In my reading I constantly try to reach outside of my comfort zones, picking up titles I maybe wouldn’t have normally read, making sure to read diverse titles particularly by own voice authors and exploring other cultures from my own. Thanks to Algonquin & NetGalley I had read the audiobook of this one, so I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of this book tour, and add a paperback copy to my shelves!

While this title has often been compared to a Cinderella story, Afi’s journey was so much more than a woman marrying a wealthy man and living a happily ever after. Medie transformed the story into a well written story full of detail, from the the culture to the setting, the struggles and wins of each relationship the main character has. With rich characters that will grab your attention, and a great depiction of family and duty, this book is one you should definitely add to your TBR if you haven’t already.

“Marriage shouldn’t be a never-ending competition where you spend your life fighting to be seen and chosen.”

About the Author:

Peace Adzo Medie is a Ghanaian writer and senior lecturer in gender and international politics at the University of Bristol in England. Prior to that she was a research fellow at the University of Ghana. She has published several short stories, and her book Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Africa was published by Oxford University Press in 2020. She is an award-winning scholar and has been awarded several fellowships. She holds a PhD in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in geography from the University of Ghana. She was born in Liberia.

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