The Hundred Wells of Salaga


by Ayesha Harruna Attah

Aminah lives an idyllic life in the village of Botu, until she is brutally seperated from her home and forced on a journey that will turn her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the wilful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father’s court of Salaga-Kpembe.

The lives of these two remarkable woman converage in a tumultuous meeting that takes them from mistress and salve to unlikely allies, as Aminah and Wurche find themselves tangled in a web of desire, jealously, political intrigue and illcit affairs. Meanwhile, infighting among Wurche’s people threatens to leave the region exposed to powers much larger than themselves.

The Hundred Wells of Salaga explores the depths of female friendships in this stirringly intimate reimagining of life in pre-colonial Ghana. This captivating novel establishes Ayesha Harruna Attah as one of the most distinctive voices of the contemporary literary scene.

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Ayesha harruna Attah grew up in Accra and was educated at Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University and NYU. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Asymptote Magazine and the Caine Prize Writer’ 200 Anthology. Her debut novel, Harmattan Rain(Per Ankh Publishers) was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2010. Her second novel, Saturday’s Shadows, was published in English (world editions) and Dutch (De Geus) in 2015. Ayesha is a 2014 Africa Centre Artists in Residency Award Laureate and Institute Sacatar Fellow. She was awared the 2016 Miles Morland Foundation Scholarship for non-fiction. She lives in Senegal.

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