The Memory of Love

The Memory of Love


By (author) Aminatta Forna

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  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 33mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 22 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 080214568X
  • ISBN 13: 9780802145680
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 343,917

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Adrian Lockheart is a psychologist escaping his life in England. Arriving in Freetown in the wake of civil war, he struggles with the intensity of the heat, dirt and secrets this country hides. A story unfolds about ordinary people in extrordinary circumstances and the indelible effects of the past.

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Praise for THE MEMORY OF LOVE: "Forna has achieved something...startling and impressive here. Here is a luminous tale of passion and betrayal....Forna's sharp eye spares no one its brutal honesty.... And she writes to expose what remains after all the noise has faded: 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, New York Times Book Review "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 "[An] elegantly rendered novel of loss and rehabilitation in the aftermath of Sierra Leone's long civil war....As Kai, Adrian and Elias are revealed in flashbacks and fragments, the novel coalesces into an ambitious exploration of trauma and storytelling....Forna advances the story through tightly executed scenes...time bombs that detonate once their context becomes clear."--San Francisco Chronicle "Fate and tragedy intertwine in this stunning and powerful portrait of a country in the aftermath of a decade of civil war."--Kristine Huntley, Booklist "The author's visceral appreciation of her troubled country is evident on every page of The Memory of Love. So, too, is her probing intelligence--and her compassion."-- Brooke Allen, Barnes & Noble Review (online) "Set in Sierra Leone during the aftermath of its devastating decade-long civil war that began in 1991, Aminatta Forna's new novel ... is a remarkable feat of storytelling ...Like Ancestor Stones, Forna's 2006 fiction debut, Memory draws us into the lives of its protagonists from the first few passages. And just as quickly, it ca