His Only Wife

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Algonquin Books, 2020.


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Peace Adzo Medie., & Peace Adzo Medie|AUTHOR. (2020). His Only Wife . Algonquin Books.

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 A Must-Read Novel: The New York Times Book Review * BuzzFeed *  Time * Marie Claire * Parade * Travel + Leisure * Ms. * Bustle * The Millions * Book Riot * PopSugar * HelloGiggles * Kirkus Reviews* Good Morning America

 "[A] mesmerizing debut novel."

 -The New York Times Book Review

 "A story that kept me tied to the page, told in masterful, seamless prose."


 "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

 Afi Tekple is a young seamstress in Ghana. Smart and pretty, she has also been convinced by her mother to marry a man she doesn't know: a wealthy businessman named Elikem. His family has chosen Afi in the hopes that she will distract him from a current relationship they disapprove of. When Afi is moved from her small hometown to live in Accra, Ghana's gleaming capital full of wealth and sophistication, she is not prepared for the way her life will change. But she has agreed to this marriage in order to give her mother the financial security she desperately needs, and so Afi must see it through. Or must she?

 A witty, moving, and smart debut novel, His Only Wife takes place in a world of men who want their wives to be beautiful, to be good cooks and mothers, to grant their husbands forbearance. And in Afi, we meet a delightful, brave, and relatable heroine who just may break all the rules. Peace Adzo Medie's debut novel, His Only Wife, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, a New York Times Notable Book of 2020, a Time magazine Must-Read Book of 2020, and a Reese's Book Club pick. 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 has won numerous awards for her scholarship and has held several fellowships, including the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship. She holds a PhD in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in geography from the University of Ghana.  A Library Journal Best Fiction Book of 2020

 A SheReads Best of 2020: Women's Fiction  Best African  Diaspora Book of 2020

 "Peace Adzo Medie's mesmerizing debut novel lives up to both the power of its first sentence and the promise of its author's first name . . .  At a time when adventure is scarce, Medie gives you a lot to look forward to, think about and be grateful for."

 -The New York Times Book Review

 "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."


"With spot-on characterizations of deeply involved extended families and realistic depictions of how money can change everything, Peace Adzo Medie conjures a Cinderella story just right for 2020."


 "A fierce and funny debut novel . . . A deeply engrossing chronicle of contemporary Ghanaian womanhood."

-Minneapolis Star Tribune 

 "A hilarious, page-turning, sharply realized portrait of modern womanhood in the most infuriating of circumstances. A gem of a debut."

 -Wayétu Moore, author of The Dragons, the Giant, the Women

 "[A] poignant, timely debut novel."



 "A witty Cinderella portrait of modern life and love."


 "In her sparkling debut novel, Ghanaian writer and academic Peace Adzo Medie uses humor, candor and feminism to examine womanhood, marriage and agency in modern Ghana."

-Ms. Magazine

 "A Cinderella story set in Ghana .
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