Ties That Tether (Paperback)
Azere is tired of her mother setting her up with 'good' Nigerian men. As a Nigerian woman who has spent most of her adult life in Canada, she's already torn on how to both fit in and embrace her heritage in her daily life. This situation only gets more complicated after an unexpected one-night stand with Rafael, exactly the kind of man her mother would disapprove of. Though their relationship takes an unexpectedly serious turn, Azere remains cautious and reserved because her entire upbringing has been tied to her culture, and falling in love with a Spaniard like Rafael could alienate her from her entire family. Azere struggles with compromising her Nigerian heritage and traditions in order to be with someone who makes her happy. These struggles necessitate very difficult conversations with loved ones both new and old, and her efforts to communicate--or lack thereof--felt very authentic and relatable. Ties That Tether is an impressive debut that digs deep emotional roots while still maintaining that fairytale charm we all want in our happily ever after.— From Leah's Picks
One of Elite Daily’s Books Featuring Interracial Relationships You Should Read In 2020
One of Marie Claire’s 2020 Books You Should Add to Your Reading List
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 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.
—Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train To Key West
“Lovingly written and heartfelt. Ties That Tether is a beautiful exploration of culture, family, and romance. Azere’s journey to find her own voice should resonate with anyone who’s ever felt trapped between conflicting worlds and expectations.”
—Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Bride Test
“Ties That Tether takes the reader on a rich, emotional journey. A big, bold story about finding ourselves amidst the struggles of family loyalty, honoring one’s culture, and the endless facets of love. Loved every glorious moment of this book!”
—Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author of Love on Beach Avenue
“If you like snarky, clever stories, Azere’s narration is *chef’s kiss*.”
—The Washington Post
“[An] intriguing examination into the dynamics of family relationships and what it means to have pride in one’s culture and heritage. It also holds some unexpected twists and turns that will keep readers engaged until the end."
“Igharo’s impressive debut tackles interracial relationships, ambition and family with even-handed clarity and just a hint of melancholy. (And some very hot love scenes.)”
“Happily ever after is hard-won and satisfying in this #ownvoices romance.”
“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 (starred review)
“An unexpected and heartfelt romance about true love and the sacrifices we make for it.”
—Sonya Lalli, author of The Matchmaker’s List
“Ties That Tether was a roller coaster ride from page one and holy cow did I love it. Jane Igharo chronicles Azere's journey in such a beautiful, wrenching, and relatable way. As Azere struggled to find a balance between her love life, her own happiness, and the expectations of her family, I went through a whirlwind of emotions--and I adored every minute of it. I laughed and teared up and cheered and yelled. Best of all, Jane Igharo delivers a happily ever after that made me smile until my cheeks hurt. I tore through this amazing book, I couldn't read it fast enough."
—Sarah Smith, Author of Simmer Down
“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.”
“A wonderful fall romance with immense depth, Ties That Tether seizes you from the very beginning.”
“The best part of this book for me was Azere and her mother’s relationship. It is so fraught with the immigration experience…. To read this book is to read it for the tenderness of the romance and for the immigrant experience, to feel your heart soften and your throat clog with tears, and to celebrate the resilience of the spirit. As Rilke has said, 'To love is the ultimate human task.' So celebrate the love between the protagonists and within their families as you turn the pages.”
“…with deft writing, snappy dialogue, rom-com movie references throughout, and a delightful cast of characters, Ties That Tether is a wonderful romance and the start of a long career for Jane Igharo.”
“With writing that marries genuine and infectious emotion with witty humor, Igharo has created an endearing love story about family, culture, and identity.”
“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.”
One of BuzzFeed's Romance Novels to Read Summer 2020