Praise for "The Hired Man"
"Forna is a born storyteller. . . . Not since "Remains of the Day" has an author so skillfully revealed the way history's layers are often invisible to all but its participants, who do what they must to survive. . . . Gorgeous."--John Freeman, "The Boston Globe"
"Absorbing and disturbing . . . Forna's unwavering gaze compels a close look at the complexities of our shared histories. . . . The questions she asks--What is the price of memory? How do we bear the burden of forgetting?--demand attention."--Ellah Allfrey, NPR
"A masterful novel by a gifted writer lays bare the secrets and scars of past conflicts . . . [Forna] reveals her story at a pace of measured suspense until it reads like a slow-burn thriller. Her prose quietly grips us by the throat and then tightens its hold. It is storytelling at its most taut." --Arifa Akbar, "The Independent" (UK)
"If . . . "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. . . . This is a novel to be passed on judiciously, like a special gift."--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)
"Forna . . . has created a convincing narrator in Duro. . . . His voice is one of the novel's key pleasures--unpretentious and perceptive, tolerant, brooding and sometimes surprising. . . . Every sentence shimmers with possible depths. . . . The plotting is subtle, the suspense maddening, the set-ups undetectable, the character work masterful--and Fshow more