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His only wife : a novel / by Peace Adzo Medie.


"An intelligent and funny debut about a relatable, indomitable heroine: a young seamstress in Ghana who agrees to an arranged marriage, only to realize that some compromises are too extreme to accept, illuminating what it means to be a woman in a rapidly changing world."-- Provided by publisher.
"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? 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." page 4 of cover.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781643751467
  • ISBN: 1643751468
  • Physical Description: 291 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: First paperback edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published: 2020.
"Reader's guide and other special features inside."
Awards Note:
"100 Notable Books 2020, The New York Times Book Review"--cover.
Subject: Marriage > Ghana > Fiction.
Arranged marriage > Ghana > Fiction.
Women dressmakers > Fiction.
Women > Social conditions > 21st century > Fiction.
Women > Ghana > Social conditions > Fiction.
Women > Ghana > Fiction.
Ghana > Social life and customs > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Social problem fiction.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Washington Public.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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