The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

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Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book
Finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction
An Essence Book Club Pick

In contemporary Sierra Leone, a devastating civil war has left an entire populace with secrets to keep. In the capital hospital, a gifted young surgeon is plagued by demons that are beginning to threaten his livelihood. Elsewhere in the hospital lies a dying man who was young during the country’s turbulent postcolonial years and has stories to tell that are far from heroic. As past and present intersect in the buzzing city, these men are drawn unwittingly closer by a British psychologist with good intentions, and into the path of one woman at the center of their stories. A work of breathtaking writing and rare wisdom, The Memory of Love seamlessly weaves together two generations of African life to create a story of loss, absolution, and the indelible effects of the past—and, in the end, the very nature of love.

“[A] luminous tale of passion and betrayal.”—Maaza Mengiste, The New York Times Book Review
 

About Aminatta Forna

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Aminatta Forna is also the author ofAncestor Stones, a novel, andThe Devil That Danced on the Water, a memoir of her activist father and her country, Sierra Leone.
 
Published January 4, 2011 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 464 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A luminous tale of passion and betrayal, set amid unrest and violence in Sierra Leone.

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The Guardian

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Reading Aminatta Forna's second novel, The Memory of Love, I found myself returning again and again to an assignment that took me to Freetown, Sierra Leone in 2002.

Apr 17 2010 | Read Full Review of The Memory of Love

The Guardian

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Aminatta Forna's brilliant new novel takes an oblique look at the Sierra Leonean civil war of the 1990s.

May 07 2010 | Read Full Review of The Memory of Love

The Telegraph

Here she moves deftly between the enchantments of different narratives: the therapeutic, the confessional, the traumatic – flashbacks, nightmares, hauntings, fugue states where stories are lost or distorted beyond recognition and the sweetly joyous themes of new love, renewal, springi...

Mar 27 2010 | Read Full Review of The Memory of Love

Suite 101

The 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize-winner is a haunting story of survival, friendship, love and loss.

Mar 26 2012 | Read Full Review of The Memory of Love

The Bookbag

Forna's writing is beautiful though, and I was gradually drawn into his world and the contrasting perceptions of Adrian and Kai in the present of the novel, and Elias in the past.

May 02 2011 | Read Full Review of The Memory of Love

San Francisco Chronicle

First, a caveat: "The Memory of Love," Aminatta Forna's elegantly rendered novel of loss and rehabilitation in the aftermath of Sierra Leone's long civil war, is far better than its title suggests.

Feb 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Memory of Love

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The woman he loved has gone, the city ravaged, the people embattled, but his little cousin, Abass, and the patients who need him keep him anchored.

Feb 14 2011 | Read Full Review of The Memory of Love

Arts Fuse

In her second novel, Aminatta Forna gives us a moving story of the toll that the terrible civil war in Sierra Leone has taken and is still taking, years after it supposedly ended.

Mar 17 2011 | Read Full Review of The Memory of Love

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