Item description for The Official Wife by Mary Karooro Okurut...
Liz is locked in a meaningless, loveless marriage with a (modern-day) polygamous husband. The second wife, apparently an educated and independent woman, becomes her competitor, and intimacy or tenderness with her husband becomes impossible for her. The author tells the story in a laconic style, and with sharp humour, making observations and criticisms about women's experiences of traditional and modern day marriage and polgamy in Africa, as well as her culture's uncritical reception of western ways. This is a new novel from one of Uganda's most prolific writers and critics.
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Studio: Fountain Publ.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.95" Width: 5.59" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1993
Publisher Fountain Publ.
ISBN 9970024019 ISBN13 9789970024018
Availability 105 units. Availability accurate as of Mar 29, 2017 11:14.
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More About Mary Karooro Okurut
Okurut is a columnist, former literature lecturer, and founder of the Uganda Women Writers' Association.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Official Wife?
Hilarious!! Jan 14, 2009
My book club could not have come up with a better selection for discussion - This book tells a satirical story about a woman whose husband has taken a second wife but of course expects her to play the role of an official wife. As much as the story is interesting, the ending is the most important part because it depicts the way most African women feel about marriage.