Praise for "The Hired Man"
"If her second novel "The Memory of Love," set in Africa, confirmed Forna's flair for writing about war and its aftermath, "The Hired Man" seals her reputation as arguably the best writer of fiction in this field. . . . The intelligence of Forna's storytelling is testament to a woman who . . . has deep emotional resources. . . . This is a novel to be passed on judiciously, like a special gift, a tale of two summers you may well want to read twice."--Jackie Annesley, "London Evening Standard"
"[Forna] has a terrific ability to evoke the poisonous atmosphere of culpability and denial from which civil conflicts emerge. . . . [and] the atmosphere of festering tension in which perpetrators of the most grotesque acts of violence continue to live side by side. . . . "The Hired Man" triumphantly proves that the story need not always remain the same."--Alfred Hickling, "The Guardian" (UK)
"Aminatta Forna . . . crafts a story that initially seduces with intense and vivid physical detail, low, sour wit and a suggestion of romance, before twisting--without the reader even fully registering--it into a knotty, powerfully ambiguous allegory for collective trauma and negotiation with historical pain. . . . For all its poignancy and political seriousness, her book also lends a salty, Hemingway-esque enjoyment to its evocations of deadly adventure. . . . It's a sharp, pertinent, absorbing story told by a writer of extreme gifts--one who disappears into her narrative and her characters, and who makes every nuance of surface communication and behavior revealing of deeper truths. Forna is brilliant."--Hanna McGill, "The Scotsman" (UK)
Praise for "The Memory of Love"
"[A] luminous tale of passion and betrayal. . . . At the core of this novel is the brave and beating heart, at once vulnerable and determined, unwilling to let go of all it has ever loved."--Maaza Mengiste, "The New York Times Book Review"
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