A Good Wife

A Good Wife

Escaping the Life I Never Chose

Book - 2019
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She faced years of abuse after arriving in Canada as a teenage bride in a hastily arranged marriage, but nothing could stop Samra Zafar from pursuing her dreams

At 15, Samra Zafar had big dreams for herself. She was going to go to university, and forge her own path. Then with almost no warning, those dreams were pulled away from her when she was suddenly married to a stranger at 17 and had to leave behind her family in Pakistan to move to Canada. Her new husband and his family promised that the marriage and the move would be a fulfillment of her dream, not a betrayal of it. But as the walls of their home slowly became a prison, Samra realized the promises were empty ones.

Desperate to get out, and refusing to give up, she hatched an escape plan for herself and her two daughters. Somehow she found the strength to not only build a new future, but to walk away from her past, ignoring the pleas of her family and risking cultural isolation by divorcing her husband.

A Good Wife tells her harrowing and inspiring story, following her from a young girl with big dreams, through finding strength in the face of oppression and then finally battling through to empowerment.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollinsPublishersLtd,, 2019, ©2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781443454865
Branch Call Number: 362. 8292092 ZAF Z
Characteristics: x, 342 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, colour portraits ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Masters, Meg 1960-- Author


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Oct 03, 2019

Best book I've read in a long time. Couldn't put it down.
The author did a great job in writing about her dreams of going to University which were shattered as she was suddenly married at 17 with a stranger and had to leave her family in Pakistan and move to Canada. In Canada, living with her husbands parents and husband she became a prisoner.

Sep 28, 2019

Samra's life story is such an inspiration. Beautifully written story about such a heart-wrenching experience.

Jun 29, 2019

Every woman who is in an abusive relationship should read this book.

Jun 06, 2019

Very interesting book..but not being from Indian decent I would have liked an explanation of the outfits worn for certain occasions. Plus what the traditions of the wedding are.

May 21, 2019

I read this book some months ago, made a comment and forgot to post it. This was a beautifully crafted story of a young woman who had aspirations of a better life for herself. She was confronted by the male dominated culture under which so many of these women struggle to exist. This is an on-going tragic tale of the struggle by women from Middle-East countries - even when they are supposedly safe in North America - to survive and excel in our culture. An excellent book and well worth reading.

racing14 Apr 26, 2019

I thought this would be a book about arranged marriage, and cultural differences. It was so much more than that. Samra is an extremely intelligent woman, who was determined to survive and thrive. It speaks to how important education is, how isolating being a new immigrant can be and how people can surprise you with support and kindness. Samra shines a light on how Domestic Violence is still sadly prevalent in all areas of society. Not at all what I expected when I picked this book up.

debwalker Mar 02, 2019

So disturbing that this happens in my country. At least here there's some hope of escape from these appalling cultures.


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Mar 24, 2019

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