The Memory of Love

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010 - Fiction - 445 pages
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book
Finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction
AnEssence 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

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The Memory of Love is set in the aftermath of Sierra Leone's long civil war (March of 1991 through January of 2002)and where now many of the survivors are suffering from various conditions of post ... Read full review

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I finished this with just a day to spare. I’ve learnt my lesson that when reading Overdrive e-books, I have to keep an eye on the number of days left on my loan. Sounds obvious, no? After all, I know ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Aminatta Forna is also the author of Ancestor Stones, a novel, and The Devil That Danced on the Water, a memoir of her activist father and her country, Sierra Leone.

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