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"[A] luminous tale of passion and betrayal" set in the post-colonial and civil war eras of Sierra Leone (The New York Times). Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book As a decade of civil war and political unrest comes to a devastating close, three men must reconcile themselves to their own fate and the fate of their broken nation. For Elias Cole, this means reflecting on his time as a young scholar in 1969 and the affair that defined his life. For Adrian Lockheart, it means listening to Elias's tale and following his own heart into a heated romance. For Elias's doctor, Kai Mansaray, it's desperately battling his nightmares by trying to heal his patients. As each man's story becomes inexorably bound with the others', they discover that they are connected not only by their shared heritage, pain, and shame, but also by one remarkable woman. The Memory of Love is a beautiful and ambitious exploration of the influence history can have on generations, and the shared cultural burdens that each of us inevitably face. "A soft-spoken story of brutality and endurance set in postwar Sierra Leone . . . Tragedy and its aftermath are affectingly, memorably evoked in this multistranded narrative from a significant talent." —Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] luminous tale of passion and betrayal" set in the post-colonial and civil war eras of Sierra Leone (The New York Times).

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book

As a decade of civil war and political unrest comes to a devastating close, three men must reconcile themselves to their own fate and the fate of their broken nation. For Elias Cole, this means reflecting on his time as a young scholar in 1969 and the affair that defined his life. For Adrian Lockheart, it means listening to Elias's tale and following his own heart into a heated romance. For Elias's doctor, Kai Mansaray, it's desperately battling his nightmares by trying to heal his patients.

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Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book

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As each man's story becomes inexorably bound with the others', they discover that they are connected not only by their shared heritage, pain, and shame, but also by one remarkable woman.

The Memory of Love is a beautiful and ambitious exploration of the influence history can have on generations, and the shared cultural burdens that each of us inevitably face.

"A soft-spoken story of brutality and endurance set in postwar Sierra Leone . . . Tragedy and its aftermath are affectingly, memorably evoked in this multistranded narrative from a significant talent." —Kirkus Reviews

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      • source: Maaza Mengiste, New York Times Book Review
      • content: “Forna has achieved something . . . startling and impressive here. Here is a luminous tale of passion and betrayal. . . . 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."
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      • source: Karen Holt, Essence
      • content: “A remarkable feat of storytelling. . . . [and] a thrilling story of friendship and betrayal."
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      • source: Marie Claire
      • content: “A sprawling, epic novel of love in Sierra Leone from Aminatta Forna, a rising literary star."
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      • source: The Globe and Mail
      • content: “[Forna is] among the most powerful of new voices from Africa. . . . A novel about the persistence of hope and the redemptive power of love."
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      • source: San Francisco Chronicle
      • content: “[An] elegantly rendered novel of loss and rehabilitation . . . [that] coalesces into an ambitious exploration of trauma and storytelling."
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      • source: The New Yorker
      • content: “The real pleasure of Forna's storytelling is in her scrutiny of her characters' inner lives and her ability to connect their choices to the moral dilemmas of a traumatized society."
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      • source: Brooke Allen, Salon.com
      • content: “[Forna's] visceral appreciation of her troubled country is evident on every page of The Memory of Love. So, too, is her probing intelligence--and her compassion."
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      • source: The Times (London)
      • content: "She threads her stories like music. . . . One is left hauntingly familiar with the distant and alien; not quite able to distinguish the emotional spirits of fiction from the scars of real experience."
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      • source: Philip Caputo, author of Rumor of War, Acts of Faith and Crossers
      • content: “[A] wise, compassionate novel . . . A universal tale of love, of war's power to cripple souls as it maims bodies, and of the triumphant human spirit, overcoming the forces that seek to crush it."
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      • source: Commonwealth Writers' Prize judges
      • content: “A poignant story about friendship, betrayal, obsession and second chances . . . Bold, deeply moving and accomplished, [Forna's novel] confirms her place among the most talented writers in literature today."
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      • source: Kiran Desai, winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Inheritance of Loss
      • content: “Often darkly funny, written with gritty realism and tenderness, The Memory of Love is a profoundly affecting work."
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      • source: Nora Dunne, The Christian Science Monitor
      • content: “In careful, precise prose, Forna makes even the seemingly commonplace details meaningful. These particulars speak to overarching themes of human experience: devotion, betrayal, and resilience."
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      • source: Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane
      • content: “A subtle and complex exploration, daring in depth and scope, of both the psyche of a war and the attractions which it holds for an outsider. 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."
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      • source: Helon Habila, The Guardian (UK)
      • content: “Brilliant . . . Forna . . . turn[s] each scene into a metaphor that reverberates with meaning beyond the event itself...This is a remarkable novel."
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      • source: Brooke Allen, Barnes & Noble Review (online)
      • content: “The author's visceral appreciation of her troubled country is evident on every page of The Memory of Love. So, too, is her probing intelligence--and her compassion."
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      • source: Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly
      • content: “Forna's portrait of Sierra Leone--its citizens and the over-eager expatriates who pour in with good intentions--throbs with life."
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      • source: Kristine Huntley, Booklist
      • content: “Fate and tragedy intertwine in this stunning and powerful portrait of a country in the aftermath of a decade of civil war."
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      • source: Karen Briggs, Shelf Awareness (online)
      • content: "This is powerful and necessary reading."
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      • source: The Daily Mail (UK)
      • content: "Intelligent, engrossing and beautifully crafted."
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      • source: Charles R. Larson, Counter Punch (online)
      • content: The Memory of Love is the most significant novel that I have read since Orhan Pamuk's The Museum of Innocence. . . . This is an extraordinary meditation on the capacity that men and women have to survive in the midst of the most overwhelming obstacles that war and all its attendant violence and degradation can throw in front of them. Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love is the first major novel of the new decade."
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      • source: Stylist (UK)
      • content: "The Memory of Love is a beautifully crafted tale of life in Sierra Leone in the aftermath of the civil war. . . . A book . . . to savour and share."
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        September 6, 2010
        Forma, recipient of a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Ancestor Stones, returns to Africa's troubled conscience in this admirable if uneven outing. Adrian Lockheart is a well-meaning English psychologist who embarks on a temporary post at a Sierra Leone hospital intending to modernize treatment of the long-neglected schizophrenics, transients, and scarred victims of civil war who walk the hospital grounds. He soon meets his match in the elderly ex-professor Elias Cole, who speaks eloquently of his country's turbulent history—and also of his passion for the wife of a more radically minded colleague whose eventual disappearance Cole may be implicated in. As the holes in Elias's story widen, Adrian falls for a patient's daughter and into conflict with a surgeon, and ripples from the unexamined past threaten the present. Yet Forma's material doesn't measure up to the book's length. The book's prolixity, combined with scenes that drag or come off as forced, certainly doesn't ruin the experience, but it does occasionally glut what amounts to a heartening cry for moral responsibility in the thick of maddening injustice.

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