The Official Wife
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.
ISBN 9789970024018 | 180 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2003 | Fountain Publishers, Uganda | Paperback
'The merciless fashion in which the author pokes fun at the hypocrisy of life, everywhere, makes the reader want to be an instant soulmate...Okurut's brilliance, and her popularity, lie in making such subject matter a pleasure to read.'
- African Review of Books