The Memory of Love
The Memory of Love
Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802119650, 464pp.
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
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.
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)