When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother's heart, she must choose between love and her family.
At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and...Read More
At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture, even after immigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping-well forcing-her to stay within the Nigerian dating pool ever since. But when another match-made-by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company and later sharing the bed of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and...white.
When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother. Soon, Azere can't help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness or continue as the compliant daughter.
Jane Abieyuwa Igharo was born in Nigeria and immigrated to Canada at the age of twelve. She has a journalism degree from the University of Toronto and works as a communications specialist in Ontario, Canada. When she isn't writing, she's watching Homecoming for the hundredth time and trying to match Beyoncé's vocals to no avail.
"A wonderful fall romance with immense depth, Ties That Tether seizes you from the very beginning." - Shondaland
"This exploration of identity, love and loss in the context of an interracial relationship feels authentic and bittersweet, yet hopeful all the same." - BookPage
"Happily ever after is hard-won and satisfying in this #ownvoices romance." - Shelf Awareness
"Igharo's debut beautifully depicts the tension between self-determination and the desire to live up to family expectations...Clever and heart-warming storytelling. Readers will be rooting for Azere from the very first page." - Library Journal
"A Nigerian immigrant herself, Igharo tackles issues like immigration, cultural identity, and interracial dating in a compelling way. While a love story at heart, this book is so much more than that. It's a must-read for your summer vacation." -Betches
"With writing that marries genuine and infectious emotion with witty humor, Igharo has created an endearing love story about family, culture, and identity." - Booklist
"Igharo brings a great deal of heart to Azere's internal conflict as she navigates two cultures. This emotional debut marks Igharo as a writer to watch." - Publishers Weekly