The Memory of Love

By Aminatta Forna
(Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802119650, 464pp.)

Publication Date: January 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2011 Indie Next List
“As he lays dying in a Sierra Leone hospital, Elias Cole tells his story of war to Adrian, a psychologist. Is there a secret about the war he wants to reveal in order to have a peaceful death? The human experiences of love and hate, betrayal and friendship, and death and survival are portrayed so vividly that readers will come away wondering what they would do in the same circumstances: Save oneself or sacrifice oneself? This is powerful and necessary reading.”
-- Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI


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Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book
Finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction
An "Essence" Book Club Pick
In contemporary Sierra Leone, a devastating civil war has left an entire populace with secrets to keep. In the capital hospital, a gifted young surgeon is plagued by demons that are beginning to threaten his livelihood. Elsewhere in the hospital lies a dying man who was young during the country's turbulent postcolonial years and has stories to tell that are far from heroic. As past and present intersect in the buzzing city, these men are drawn unwittingly closer by a British psychologist with good intentions, and into the path of one woman at the center of their stories. A work of breathtaking writing and rare wisdom, "The Memory of Love" seamlessly weaves together two generations of African life to create a story of loss, absolution, and the indelible effects of the pastand, in the end, the very nature of love.
A] luminous tale of passion and betrayal. Maaza Mengiste, "The New York Times Book Review.



About the Author
AMINATTA FORNA is a writer and broadcaster. She lives in London.
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