The Daughters of Swallows
Adapted from the blog series ‘ATS’ on www.Adventuresfrom.com, The Daughters of Swallows follows the lives of three women in contemporary Ghana.
Everything changed for Afosua the night before her wedding when Rafiq – her fiancé’s brother – committed the ultimate violation. She emerges from tragedy an unbroken, but fractured woman. With her fairy-tale life ripped so violently away from her, she shields herself in her work, building up walls, determined never to be harmed by a man again. However, when Afosua makes an accidental discovery at work, she will find her life in peril once more.
Naa Akweley Blankson is stuck at the foot of her staircase once more. Her marriage to her powerful preacher husband has turned out to be the very opposite of what it promised to be.
After being bartered into a marriage to save her father from crushing debt, Annette Prah is forced into a union with a man three times her age. Meek and unassuming, she accepts that her life will be nothing more than what her septuagenarian husband maps out for her – until a chance encounter in her seamstress’s shop changes everything.
Friendship is what brings these women together, but their shared strength in overcoming their trials binds them forever. These are the daughters of swallows, who learn to adapt and fashion new lives, no matter where Nature’s winds may send them.
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.