A Good Wife: Escaping The Life I Never Chose by Samra ZafarA Good Wife: Escaping The Life I Never Chose by Samra Zafar

A Good Wife: Escaping The Life I Never Chose

bySamra Zafar

Paperback | March 5, 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.


Title:A Good Wife: Escaping The Life I Never ChoseFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:March 5, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443454869

ISBN - 13:9781443454865


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Empowering A great book to read! Would recommend. An insight to how no one know what goes on behind closed doors. Empowering to stand up for yourself.
Date published: 2019-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary read I just finished this book. It is beautifully written and flows from page to page so smoothly with the reader eagerly awaiting more. A diary of sorts of this woman’s life from childhood to today. Her life in India and her move to Toronto. Her family , her early life with her parents believing in her to achieving her dream of being a doctor. Her married life in an arranged marriage, and the beliefs and traditions that came with that...becoming the possession of her husband and his family. The struggles of mental and physical abuse she had to contend with and yet ultimately her successful career after going to the university of Toronto. What a survivor she is and how she beautifully details her life...I haven’t read a book this good in years. Please read it..it’s an eye opener.
Date published: 2019-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! This book will stay with you long after you turn the last page. A heartwrenching, unbias, kind and immensely interesting memoir. I could not stop reading it! Kudos to Samra Zafar for standing up to injustice and bravely telling her story!
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting I bought this book a few weeks ago and couldn't put it down. It's the story of a young teenage bride brought to Canada to suffer at the hands of her husband and his family. Her triumph of getting an education despite it all will encourage you what not to take for granted.
Date published: 2019-03-27

Editorial Reviews

“Samra Zafar has penned a rare memoir, a life story worth reading and an emotional rollercoaster that will leave you feeling empowered at the end. This is a modern-day fairy tale where the heroine saves her own life.”