Ancestor Stones

Ancestor Stones

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Abie has followed the arc of a letter from London back to Africa, to the coffee groves of Kholifa Estates, the plantation formerly owned by her grandfather. It is a place she remembers from childhood and which now belongs to her - if she wants it. Standing among the ruined groves she strains to hear the sound of the past, but the 'layers of years' in between then and now are too many. So begins her gathering of the family's history through the tales of her aunts. This is the story of four lives: Asana, Mariama, Hawa and Serah Kholifa, born to the different wives of a wealthy plantation owner in an Africa where change is just beginning to arrive. Asana, lost twin and head-wife's daughter. Hawa, motherless child and manipulator of her own misfortune. Mariama, who sees what lies beyond this world. And Serah, follower of a Western-made dream. Stretching across generations and set against the backdrop of a country's descent into freefall, Ancestor Stones is a stunning novel about understanding the past; how stories ancient and new shape who we become and a different way of seeing the world we share.
It is the story of a nation, a family and four women's attempts to alter quietly the course of their own destiny.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 34mm | 681g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747584729
  • 9780747584728

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Praise for THE DEVIL THAT DANCED ON THE WATER: 'A deeply affecting and beautifully written book which transcends the sordid story of a power-hungry, murderous and corrupt regime It emerges defiantly as an uplifting and marvellously readable memoir.' Justin Marozzi, Financial Times 'She has lifted out of herself the emotional and cultural world of her childhood and represented it in scenes of startling beauty and tragedy. Few books merit being called courageous; this one does.' Rachel Cusk, Evening Standard 'This is a book of quite extraordinary power and beauty. Aminatta Forna has excavated not only her memory but the hidden recesses of the heart.' Fergal Keane 'Forna has written a book that is impossible to forget This is an obsessive, driven, refreshing book about Africa, despotism and exile. It is also a beautifully drawn portrait of childhood it is a triumph of life against the odds. And in its conclusion, there is a sanity that is, simply, majestic.' Christopher Hope, Independent
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About Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna is an author, broadcaster and journalist. Her last book, The Devil that Danced on the Water, was runner-up for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003. It was also serialised as 'Book of the Week' on BBC Radio 4 and extracted in the Sunday Times newspaper in the UK. In the United States it was selected for the Barnes & Noble 'Discover Great New Writers' series. Aminatta returned to Sierra Leone to film a documentary series, Africa Unmasked, which examined many of the themes of her recent book. Aminatta is a contributor to several newspapers including the Independent, the Observer, the Sunday Times and the Evening Standard. She has acted as a judge for the MacMillan African Writer's Prize in 2003, the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2004 and the Caine Prize for Africa 2005.
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