His Only Wife

by Peace Adzo Medie

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In this smart, funny Reese's Book Club pick and New York Times Notable Book, a young seamstress in Ghana agrees to an arranged marriage, only to realize that some compromises are too extreme to accept.

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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Paperback

Number Of Pages 304

Publication Date 08/03/2021

ISBN 9781643751467

Dimensions 5.5 inches x 8.3 inches


A Library Journal Best Fiction Book of 2020
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.”
—People

“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.”
—BuzzFeed

"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.”
Time

“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.”
GMA.com
 
“A witty Cinderella portrait of modern life and love.”
Parade

“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 . . . A Crazy Rich Asians for West Africa, with a healthy splash of feminism.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"In her debut novel, Medie writes with a precise rhythm that builds the reader’s anticipation. Themes like deception, ambition, love, and values drench the pages with conflict that evolves into an emotional rollercoaster."
Booklist

“This stirring tale sings when Afi learns to flex her limited power.”
Publishers Weekly

“A unique and unapologetic marriage story that shines with honesty, humanity, power and grace: once you pick this book up, you won't be able to put it down. Medie's urgent, intimate voice is exactly what the world needs right now.”
—Mathangi Subramanian, author of A People’s History of Heaven

"Afi’s charm makes her an empowering example of modern womanhood . . . Its message bold and its viewpoint appealing, His Only Wife is an inspiring novel.”
Foreword Reviews

"Peace Adzo Medie puts a wonderfully contemporary spin on a fairytale trope."
Christian Science Monitor

“Medie gives Afi a voice that winningly combines insecurity, wisdom and dignity . . . The dramas of Afi's marriage and various family conflicts offer an entertaining plot rich with humor, but it is the story of the strong woman in a challenging and changing world that will capture readers' hearts. His Only Wife is a memorable novel of personal growth and choosing one's own destiny . . . [A] winning debut.”
Shelf Awareness, starred review