In North Cameroon, well-to-do young Ramla is torn from her true love and wed to a manipulative older man. Safira, her co-wife, juggles envy and empathy for this new bride with disappointment in the husband she desperately loves. Like her older sister, Ramla, Hindou is married off to a man she does not know or want, a distant cousin whose instability and violence terrifies her. From an early age, these women were raised to submit to men, or risk shame and repudiation. 'The Impatient' is a powerful, heartrending and insightful novel about about a trio of women who dare to rebel against oppressive, long-held cultural traditions.