His Only Wife

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Product Details

Price
$25.95  $23.87
Publisher
Algonquin Books
Publish Date
Pages
288
Dimensions
5.7 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781616209155

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About the Author

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 was 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.

Reviews

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."
--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."
--WayΓ©tu 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

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