Cafeafricana Proudly Presents:
The Memory of Love
Author: Aminatta Forna
From the award-winning author of The Devil That Danced on the Water
and Ancestor Stones comes The Memory of Love, a beautiful and
masterfully accomplished novel about the resilience of the human
spirit and the driving force of love.
Aminatta Forna has established herself as one of the most breathtaking
writers out of Africa today, winning readers' hearts and critical
acclaim. Now, in her newest novel, The Memory of Love, she evokes the
haunting atmosphere of a country at war, and the powerful stories of
two generations of African life. In contemporary Sierra Leone, a
devastating civil war has left an entire populace with terrible
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 extraordinary writing and rare wisdom, The Memory of
Loveseamlessly weaves together the lives of these three men to create
a powerful story of loss, absolution, and the indelible effects of the
past—and, at the end of it all, the very nature of love.
The New York Times - Maaza Mengiste
…a luminous tale of passion and betrayal…[Forna] forces us to see past
bland categorizations like "postcolonial African literature," showing
that the world we inhabit reaches beyond borders and ripples out
through generations. She reminds us that what matters most is that
which keeps us grounded in the place of our choosing. And she writes
to expose what remains after all the noise has faded: at the core of
this novel is the brave and beating heart, at once vulnerable and
determined, unwilling to let go of all it has ever loved.
Aminatta Forna was born in Scotland and raised in West Africa. Her
first book,The Devil that Danced on the Water, was shortlisted for the
Samuel Johnson Prize 2003. Her novel Ancestor Stones was winner of the
2008 Hurston Wright Legacy Award, the Literaturpreis in Germany, was
nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and
selected by the Washington Post as one of the most important books of
2006. In 2007 Vanity Fair named Aminatta as one of Africa's most
promising new writers. Aminatta has also written for magazines and
newspapers, radio and television, and presented television
documentaries on Africa's history and art. Aminatta Forna lives in
London with her husband.