His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie audiobook

His Only Wife

By Peace Adzo Medie
Read by Soneela Nankani

Algonquin Books 9781616209155
9.05 Hours 1
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“A Crazy Rich Asians for West Africa.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Elikem married me in absentia; he did not come to our wedding.” 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.  

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Summary

New York Times Pick of the Week

“A Crazy Rich Asians for West Africa.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Elikem married me in absentia; he did not come to our wedding.”

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.
 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fierce and funny Cinderella story set in modern Ghana.” BookPage
“A Cinderella story set in Ghana.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Medie succeeds at channeling Afi’s desires and desperation. This stirring tale sings when Afi learns to flex her limited power.” Publishers Weekly
"[A] rich, rewarding debut novel…mesmerizing…It’s a story to soak up in silence, on a long, cloudy afternoon when you have time to think.” New York Times

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Author Bio: Peace Adzo Medie

Author Bio: Peace Adzo Medie

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 one novel. She is an award-winning scholar and has received several fellowships. She holds a PhD in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA degree in geography from the University of Ghana. She was born in Liberia.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English