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Memory of Love
Memory of Love | Aminatta Forna
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Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best BookFinalist for the Orange Prize for FictionAn 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
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Cinfhen
Memory of Love | Aminatta Forna
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Today‘s #MiniBookHaul from my charity bookshop ☺️Tagged book for #ReadingAfrica22 #SierraLeone and the Wally Lamb I‘ve been wanting to read for a very long time.

TrishB I‘ve had that Wally Lamb for ages too! 2mo
squirrelbrain Great haul! 2mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha @TrishB another potential #BuddyRead 2mo
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Cinfhen It‘s a chunky @TrishB I can start next week?!!! 2mo
Cinfhen I can never leave the shop empty handed @squirrelbrain 2mo
Librarybelle I love seeing all of the prep work for next year‘s #ReadingAfrica2022 ! 2mo
TrishB We‘re ruining another book 😁 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 @TrishB maybe this will be the book that breaks the spell 2mo
Cinfhen There are SO MANY COUNTRIES @Librarybelle I need to do lots of leg-work 2mo
Amiable “I Know This Much is True” is one of my all-time favorite books—I‘ve read it at least 4 times. Love it and love Wally Lamb! He actually lives in my area and I‘ve been fortunate enough to chat with him at several book events. He might honestly be the nicest person I‘ve ever met. 2mo
Cinfhen Oh wow @Amiable that makes me want to read this book even more @TrishB !!! 2mo
Megabooks Fantastic! I‘m glad you found something. 😁😁 2mo
Cinfhen How are you feeling today @Megabooks ?? 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen better than yesterday, fortunately! Yesterday just sucked. Sleep is really restorative for me, though, and I got a good amount last night. 👍🏻 2mo
Megabooks Thanks for asking and checking in 💜💜💜 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved that Lamb but read it a long time ago. I hope you will too! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I am glad you‘re feeling better again. 💜 2mo
peaknit My favorite by Lamb, also was a decent mini series. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ve read 2 others by Lamb and really enjoyed them both @peaknit @BarbaraBB so im excited for this one 2mo
TrishB I‘m in! 2mo
Cinfhen Yay @TrishB I‘ll probably start Friday but feel free to begin whenever you like 😘 2mo
TrishB 👍🏻 I‘ll decide whether to take on the reading retreat! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks, Barbara! Hopefully I‘ll get some answers soon. 🤞🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yes! The uncertainty must be killing. Thinking of you 😘 2mo
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Tove_Reads
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An interesting story set in Sierra Leone. Past and present are intertwined in this post-war era of a country trying to get out of the devastating civil war. We meet three men, one is dying and telling his story of a university teacher who is in love with a woman, the other one is a shrink listening to these stories, and the third a doctor the shrink meet in the hospital where he listens to the stories. The book is different, but good different.

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NovelNancy
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In this complex, intense novel we follow the lives of Elias Cole, a former University professor and Kai, a surgeon, and others in Freetown, Sierra Leone who lived through and survived the horrific war. Now, Adrian, a British psychologist sees patients who are suffering from PTSD. Seemingly unconnected at first, Forna beautifully weaves their stories together to create surprising plot twists.

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Emilymdxn
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I was concerned this book would be too heavy and serious, but it was absolutely wonderful and I‘m so glad I read it. Maybe my one complaint is that following who the many different characters were was a little confusing, but the emotions were so real, the world was so real, this was illuminating, wonderfully written, really valuable to read. I feel I know a tiny bit about Sierra Leone now. Respect for this amazing writer

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Emilymdxn
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My first ever book from Sierra Leone! Amazing so far

I‘m doing a lot of audiobooks recently. I was on antibiotics for the really long UTI for a long time and ever since I‘ve had really painful stomach pains (which I‘m hoping is normal, I hated the antibiotics so much and think they‘ve messed up my whole body) so I‘m a bit of a heap listening to books until I recover

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BrownGirlReading
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This was the first Aminatta Forna I picked up a few years back. I read it with my book club. I was in awe of the fantastic writing and the complex story. #readsoullit

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MsLeah8417
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Looking for feedback from anyone who has read this book. Thanks!

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