The Memory of Love
By Aminatta Forna
(Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802145680, 464pp.)
Publication Date: September 2011
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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 past--and, in the end, the very nature of love.
" A] luminous tale of passion and betrayal."--Maaza Mengiste, "The New York Times Book Review.