Title: His Only Wife
Author: Peace Adzo Medie
Published by: Algonquin Books
Released: September 1, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: “Elikem married me in absentia; he did not come to our wedding.”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.
A brilliant scholar and a fierce advocate for women’s rights, author Peace Adzo Medie infuses her debut novel with intelligence and humor. For readers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Candice Carty-Williams, His Only Wife is the story of an indomitable and relatable heroine that illuminates what it means to be a woman in a rapidly changing world. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: What an awesome read! I really enjoyed this one. The first line is what grabbed me in the beginning, but the whole thing was engrossing, enlightening, and entertaining. I got some insight into a different culture and a different place. Afi takes a situation that is put upon her and really finds herself as a result. She doesn't let herself be controlled by the situation, she takes the reins.
Seeing Afi find independence and a sense of freedom was just a great journey to go on. She really grows from that girl from a small village at the beginning of the book.
This is definitely a novel that I'd recommend. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to see what Peace Adzo Medie does next.
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 will be 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.
Thanks for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie. I definitely recommend picking this one up and giving it a read. Thanks so much to Algonquin Books and Peace Adzo Medie for letting me be a part of this tour.