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Your next summer read: His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

By Allison Kooser

As summer heats up, we’re planning vacations, getting into adventures, and diving into great novels. This month, join us as we read the story of a plucky young Ghanaian seamstress as she navigates social and familial pressure to get married and be the perfect wife. 

Our July Opportunity Book Club selection is His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie. 

When her mother convinces her to marry a successful businessman she’s never met, Medie’s heroine, Afi, must decide if she wants to become the perfect wife—or break all the rules and choose a different path.  

Called a “fierce and funny novel” and “a deeply engrossing chronicle of contemporary Ghanaian womanhood” by Minneapolis’ Star Tribune, His Only Wife blends humor and heart to question the status quo. It was named a must-read novel by The New York Times Book Review, BuzzFeed, Marie Claire, Travel + Leisure, Book Riot, and Time.  

At Opportunity International, we are proud to work with many women in Ghana who are pursuing their dreams, just like Afi. Through loans, savings accounts, training, and support, we help clients invest in their farms and businesses, earn money to send their children to school, and build bright futures for themselves and their families.  

Learn more about our work in Ghana now—and enjoy reading this spunky tale of modern Ghanaian life with us this month.   

We can’t wait to read with you! 

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