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.
You may recognize the name Samra Zafar from her incredible Toronto Life article, “The Good Wife,” that went viral two years ago. In it, Samra detailed her life as a teenage bride who moved to Canada and faced abuse, isolation, and humiliation. Building upon this incredibly moving article, Samra Zafar just published A Good Wife, an incredibly moving and harrowing story of her life as a teenage bride and her ability to overcome years of abuse to carve out a life of her own.
When she was just fifteen years old, Samra Zafar already had a life plan. She was going to go to university, get educated, and forge her own path in the world. Two years later, however, that plan was thrown out the window. Unexpectedly, Samra was married at 17 and had to leave her family behind to move to Canada with her new husband. The marriage came with a promise: according to her husband and his family, the marriage and move would mean the fulfillment of her dreams of education and independence rather than a betrayal of it. After making the move, however, the walls of her new life transformed into a prison as she began to realize that the promises that were made to her were empty ones.
With the help of her two daughters, Samra devised a plan to escape her prison and work toward the life that she always wanted for herself and her daughters. Desperate to get out and refusing to give up, Samra somehow, against all odds, found the strength to not only build a new future for herself and her two daughters, but to walk away from her past and risking cultural and familial isolation by divorcing her husband.
A Good Wife tells Samra’s 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. This book is a thoroughly emotional and engaging story of strength, resilience, and, ultimately, hope. Given that International Women’s Day is this Friday, and given the fact that Samra now works tirelessly to advocate for the rights of women all over the world, A Good Wife is a must-read for everyone, and we don’t say that lightly. It is a truly incredible and inspiring read.
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