The Memory of Love

The Memory of Love

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By (author) Aminatta Forna

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  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Format: Hardback | 445 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 226mm x 43mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 4 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0802119654
  • ISBN 13: 9780802119650
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 792,010

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While a gifted young surgeon is haunted by memories of the civil war that has decimated his Sierra Leone home, a patient relates disturbing stories about the post-colonial years and a well-intentioned British psychiatrist draws all of them into the path of an enigmatic woman. By the award-wining author of Ancestor Stones.

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"Delivering us to a common center, no matter where we happen to be have been born, Aminatta Forna tackles those great human experiences of love and war, of friendship, rivalry, of death and triumphant survival. Often darkly funny, written with gritty realism and tenderness, The Memory of Love is a profoundly affecting work." --Kiran Desai, winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Inheritance of Loss "A subtle and complex exploration, daring in depth and scope... Forna is a writer of great talent who does not shy from tackling the toughest questions about why humans do the things they do: from the smallest acts of betrayal to the greatest acts of love." --Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane "She threads her stories like music, imperceptibly into the reader's consciousness. One is left hauntingly familiar with the distant and alien; not quite able to distinguish the emotional spirits of fiction from the scars of reality." --Sam Kiley, The Times (UK) "To read The Memory of Love is to experience, not simply learn about, the inner existences of its characters, even as they lapse in and out of their lives." --Anjali Joseph, Times Literary Supplement "As Forna's forensic re-inhabiting of the aftermath of the conflict reveals, these wounds may have vivid physical realities, but it is always behind the eyes that they are felt most keenly." -- The Observer (UK) "If West Africa has lived through some of the most grotesque episodes of the 20th century, it has also been blessed with several generations of extraordinary writing talents who continue to turn those ordeals into heart-rending literature." -- Michela Wrong, The Spectator (UK)