Lover of Her Sole: A West African Cinderella Story
Agyapomaa Agyemang is a woman on the cusp of success. With a thriving business in Ibadan and an adoring fiancé by her side, she’s living the fairytale she had always hoped for. Her charmed life seems certain and sure, until her fantasy is taken apart brick-by-brick by hatred and betrayal.
Wounded, she returns to Kumasi to heal and seek solace in her family. What Pomaa finds instead is wahala: phantoms from her past, a madman chasing her through the streets, and the steadfast adulation of Akoto – a shoemaker whose affections leave her confounded. Suddenly, she’s confronted with a new set of choices she never counted on.
Resolving her circumstances might be easier if not for her best friend, Frema, and her constant reminders about ‘Ashanti Aristocrat’ codes and expectations. Pomaa must decide if she’s bold enough to reciprocate Akoto’s affection, or remain content to settle with what is familiar and acceptable. Can Pomaa still choose her prince, knowing that he’s a pauper?
Lover of Her Sole is a page-turning ‘Cinderella story’ that dares to question whether love alone has the power to cross the lines of class and color in our society. Fraught with electrifying action, intense romance and no small measure of heartbreak, it’s a nouveau fairytale, served with a sprinkle of West African heat!
Malaka. was born in Accra, Ghana to an African-American mother and Ghanaian father. Her experiences growing up and viewing the world through the clouded lens of a “hybrid Ghanaian” girl child helped her to appreciate and analyze the unique struggles that women of all races and ethnicities must overcome within the confines of their culture. Her goal as a writer is to buoy the collective voice of African women.
Malaka. writes about the things that intrigue her most: politics, economics, agriculture, marriage and sex on her blogs Mind of Malaka (www.mindofmalaka.com) and Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women (www.adventuresfrom) and has been interviewed on NPRs ‘Tell Me More’ with Michel Martin, BBC Focus on Africa, and several international radio and print publications.