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His Only Wife Reviews

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

His Only Wife: A Reese's Book Club Pick - 'A Crazy Rich Asians for West Africa, with a healthy splash of feminism'

Peace Adzo Medie

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1 review

Imprint: Oneworld Publications
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 31 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9780861540693

A captivating debut about defying expectations, hilarious and hopeful in equal measure

4 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
26 Mar 2021

"Tradition clashes with modernity in a captivating tale of marriage in contemporary Ghana"

In His Only Wife, there is an easy, fluid style to the writing, quick intimacy with character and a kind of innocent humour that recalls Rónán Hession’s Leonard and Hungry Paul, though the backdrops obviously differ immensely...

Throughout the book there are bright daubs of Ghanian life – kontomire and garden egg stew, the durbar at the yam festival, a neem tree, greetings and everyday phrases such as Woede or Ehn. It all flows remarkably well in a memorable debut from a writer whose frustrations with certain aspects of the culture of her homeland come brilliantly to life.

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