Laurel author sheds light on African heritage in thought-provoking new novel

LAUREL, Md. — This week marks the nationwide release of author Alfred Attey’s new historical novel, “The Woodworker’s Wife.”

In “The Woodworker’s Wife,” readers are transported to the year 1950 on the exotic West African coast in Osu, where a close-knit community prides itself on family closeness and trust. The local families are actually multiple strains of one collective family, established before colonization. Osi, a young but respected member of the community, is at the height of her life, having a man who loves her, an unrivaled education and a promising future.

Moments later, everything changes when secrets emerge and threaten to tear apart a family and destroy the lives of all involved. A small community will learn what happens when irreconcilable differences and secrets threaten to undermine the established principles of family, respect and forgiveness. Filled with cultural practices so deeply rooted in founders’ beliefs, “The Woodworker’s Wife” takes the reader deep into an unknown culture and explores what happens when tradition meets change.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Attey has worked for over 15 years in community development centers, helping youth, adults and senior citizens to improve their lives and to gain a profession. The resilient and tenacious author turned to his longtime passion — researching and writing — which was sharpened by over 10 years of experience as a journalist with various local and international organizations. In spite of a severe back and arm injury, Attey drew inspiration from his childhood in Ghana, West Africa, and created his first novel, “The Woodworker’s Wife,” a tale steeped in ancient traditions, family beliefs and unique experiences. Attey, his wife, Margaret, and their two children live in North Laurel, Maryland.

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