If you’ve been looking for a fictional African novel to read this September, His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie is for you.
About the Book
Afi Tekple is a young seamstress whose life is narrowing rapidly. She lives in a small town in Ghana with her widowed mother, spending much of her time in her uncle Pious’s house with his many wives and children. Then one day she is offered a life-changing opportunity—a proposal of marriage from the wealthy family of Elikem Ganyo, a man she doesn’t truly know. She acquiesces, but soon realizes that Elikem is not quite the catch he seemed. He sends a stand-in to his own wedding, and only weeks after Afi is married and installed in a plush apartment in the capital city of Accra does she meet her new husband. It turns out that he is in love with another woman, whom his family disapproves of; Afi is supposed to win him back on their behalf. But it is Accra that eventually wins Afi’s heart and gives her a life of independence that she never could have imagined for herself.
“It had been four months since my boyfriend decided that he could only be happy with two women in his life…the other girl had threatened to come to my house and cause a scene if I didn’t leave her man alone, even though I started seeing the fool well before she came along.” -Afi Tekple
His Only Wife is Peace Adzo Medie’s debut novel and is a Reese’s Book Club Pick, New York Times Editors’ Choice and Finalist for the 2020 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize.
“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.”— Reese Witherspoon
“This stirring tale sings when Afi learns to flex her limited power.” — Publishers Weekly
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