Happy book birthday to the inspiring Samra Zafar and her debut memoir A GOOD WIFE: Escaping the Life I Never Chose, publishing today with HarperCollins Canada​.

Arriving to Canada as a teenage bride in a hastily arranged marriage, Samra’s story is one of resilience and perseverance, taking readers through her journey of overcoming oppression and abuse to realize her dreams.

Samra Zafar is an international speaker, human rights activist, scholar, author and social entrepreneur. She also serves as a Governor for the University of Toronto, is pursuing a rewarding corporate career and runs Brave Beginnings, the non-profit organization she founded to support abuse survivors in their journey to build a life of respect and freedom. Her free time is dedicated to her two beautiful daughters and her passion for empowering others through her advocacy and non-profit work.

Pre-publication praise:

Best Book of 2019 from Washington Post

“Zafar has penned a rare memoir, a life story worth reading and an emotional roller coaster that will leave you feeling empowered at the end. This is a modern-day fairy tale where the heroine saves her own life.”
—Sharon Bala, bestselling author of The Boat People

“A thoroughly engaging story of strength, feminism and refusal to conform to societal and familial expectations. I found it difficult to put this book down.”
—Cea Sunrise Person, bestselling author of North of Normal

“Samra Zafar’s harrowing story of escaping her abusive marriage in Canada—arranged when she was just a teenager in Pakistan—might read like a taut domestic thriller, but A Good Wife is all too painfully real. I cried while reading this book, but I was also left in awe of Zafar’s epic grit and bravery. Her story will stay with you long after the last hope-filled page is turned.” —Lisa Gabriele, author of the bestselling novel The Winters

“The shining result of a partnership between a sensitive writer and an indomitable survivor of domestic abuse…Samra’s resolve and ingenuity will inspire you to honour every flicker of longing for freedom.”
—Shauna Singh Baldwin, author of The Tiger Claw and The Selector of Souls