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Senior Planet Book Club: His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

Welcome to the third week’s discussion of…..

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

For week three of our book club, please read Chapters 10-12 by September 27th.

Then, either head to the comments below or “The Book Club” group on Senior Planet Community to discuss what we read! Haven’t signed up for SPC yet? Click here to join.

We’ll meet over Zoom to discuss the full book, Thursday, October 6th. More details can be found here!

What did you think of Chapters 5-9? Comment below or join the “Book Lovers Club” on SPC to start the conversation!


9 responses to “Senior Planet Book Club: His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

  1. The story shows that no matter what continent one is on, family can be difficult. I just got the book from the library so need to catch up with everyone. Writing is quick paced with good character development, even if I don’t like the character like Uncle Pious.

  2. I enjoyed this book. It touches on many of the concern faced by women in third world countries. Afi grew up in poverty, experienced being essentially sold to appease families. The fact that she didn’t cower was refreshing.

  3. Did anyone else besides me why no one seemed concerned about whether Afi carried the sickle cell trait? Since we know that Eli has it, there was a risk to the baby had afield had the trait to. I’m all for fairy tales (even when like this one they don’t work out), but it troubles me when serious realities are ignored.

    1. Hi Cary, this is a great question. I would first check your local library to see if they have it. If not you can either check bookshop (, or you can order off of Amazon. Alternatively if you have an e-reader like a Nook or Kindle the book is available on those devices as well. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any questions.

      1. Thank you, Rebecca. I found it on the library app called Libby, and finished the book last night. I really enjoyed it. However, the author seemed to shift gears toward the end…almost as if she had a deadline to meet and had to wrap it up. That, or she was ready to move on to another project. I do appreciate the fact that she intentionally steered the story away from any domestic violence narrative, but it definitely felt like she lost interest in it toward the end.

  4. I don’t like arranged marriages and this one was terrible. How can another man stand in for the groom? The men are all jerks especially Uncle Pious and Aunty so far seems okay. I actually have read the entire book and felt so bad for AFI. Only happy ending was for ELI and MUNA. So glad that AFI always had MAWUSI. Aunty turned out horrible too and her weak Sons were jerks. I liked Claudia and Sarah. Glad AFI ended up a strong Woman able to make decisions for her and SELORM. Bad read!

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