His Only Wife

Written by:
Peace Adzo Medie
Narrated by:
Soneela Nankani

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2020
9 hours 3 minutes
A Time Magazine Must-Read Book of 2020
One of BuzzFeed's "29 Books We Couldn’t Put Down This Year"

A Must-Read Novel: The New York Times Book Review * BuzzFeed *  Marie Claire * Parade * Travel + Leisure * Ms. Magazine * Bustle * The Millions * Book Riot * Christian Science Monitor * HelloGiggles

“[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. 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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Marian C.

Very good book the plot twist took me by surprised. Wished we would have got more at the end though

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Alicia F.

I absolutely love this book. A great read

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Victoria R.

⭐️4.3 ⭐️ Wasn’t sure how to review this book! I found this book super entertaining in the sense that I was intrigued by the cultural exploration of Ghanaian women and the dramatized of such roles (this book read itself like a movie). I’m not sure of the cultural accuracy of the book’s depictions; however, I do feel the main character’s hardships and family pressures regarding her role as a women and a wife could resonate with women of all cultures. Though some of the plot points fell through or felt unrealistic and I was frustrated with most of the characters’ personalities, this didn’t lessened my enjoyment of the novel. The main character’s strength and tenacity was inspiring and a good reminder that no matter what, you should stay true to yourself and have courage to stand up to things that don’t feel right! I would recommend to anyone looking for a entertaining non-romance light read.

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