“This is the truth: We picked you from the gutter and gave you a life that you would not have had in a thousand years.”
Afi is a woman put into an impossible situation. She lives in a small town and her family is beholden to the woman who owns everything. That woman hates her son’s girlfriend and proposes that Afi intervene in an arranged marriage. Afi agrees thinking it is the best choice for her and her family. She thinks that she will be able to change him and solve the problems of the family. Along the way she realizes that she may be in over her head.
This story is one that immerses you in Ghanian culture. You see the limited choices people in poverty have and how important respect is within the culture. This is obviously one slice of that culture. Experiencing Afi find her voice and what she wanted and not just learning to love the life that was thrust upon her was a great journey.
Thanks to Algonquin for a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.
What’s the last book you read set in a country other than your own?