Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book
Finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction
An Essence Book Club Pick
"A remarkable feat of storytelling . . . [and] a thrilling story of friendship and betrayal." Karen Holt, Essence Magazine
Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love
has been hailed as a book of rare beauty and importance, and was shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction. With astounding depth and elegance, it takes the reader through the haunting atmosphere of a country at war, delicately intertwining the powerful stories of two generations of African life.
In contemporary Freetown, Sierra Leone
, a devastating civil war has left an entire populace with secrets to keep. In the capital hospital Kai, a gifted young surgeon is plagued by demons that are beginning to threaten his livelihood. Elsewhere in the hospital lies Elias Cole, a 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, Kai and Elias are drawn unwittingly closer by Adrian, a British psychiatrist 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 the lives of these three men to create a story of loss, absolution, and the indelible effects of the pastand, at the end of it all, the very nature of love.
Listen to Aminatta Forna on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show