Ancestor Stones by Aminatta Forna
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Aminatta Forna, whose moving and gorgeously written memoir garnered international attention, has seamlessly turned her hand to fiction in Ancestor Stones a powerful, sensuous novel that beautifully captures Africa’s past century and her present, and the legacy that her daughters take with them wherever they live. Abie returns home from England to West Africa to visit her family after years of civil war, and to reclaim the family plantation, Kholifa Estates, formerly owned by her grandfather. There to meet her are her aunts: Asana, Mariama, Hawa, and Serah, and so begins her gathering of the family and the country’s history through the tales of her aunts. Asana, lost twin and head wife’s daughter. Hawa, motherless child and manipulator of her own misfortune. Mariama, who sees what lies beyond. And Serah, follower of a Western made dream. Set against the backdrop of a nation’s descent into chaos, it is the take a family and four women’s attempts to alter the course of their own destiny. A wonderful achievement recalling The God of Small Things and The Joy Luck Club, it establishes Aminatta Forna as a gifted novelist.

About Aminatta Forna

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AMINATTA FORNA is a writer and broadcaster. She lives in London.
Published March 18, 2014 by Grove Press. 340 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A British writer casts back nostalgically to the stories of her West African female ancestors to evoke lyrically the lost village traditions of her family.

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First Chapter: ‘Ancestor Stones’ (September 24, 2006) Readers’ Opinions Forum: Book News and Reviews In the first work of fiction by Aminatta Forna — the author of “The Devil That Danced on the Water,” a well-received memoir about her family in Sierra Leone — the ancestors play much...

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When she is 10 her favoured twin brother Alusani dies, and Asana hopes to win her mother's affections, but Namina, believing her daughter is possessed by the dead twin, becomes obsessed with exorcising his spirit instead.

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Abie, who lives in London with her Scots husband and their kids, returns to her native West Africa after her aunts give her the family coffee plantation.

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