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New addition of our African Reading Group London that meets regularly to discuss new and classic fiction from the Continent

“A wonderfully ambitious novel written from the inside, opening up a particular society and delving deeply into the hearts, histories and minds of women.” The Guardian

“…Forna sees clearly that in human life, the personal and the public are inextricably combined. What goes on in a country reflects what goes on inside its houses, and what goes on in its houses is a refraction of what occurs outside.” The Washington Post

About Ancestor Stones

Abie has followed the arc of a letter from London back to Africa, to the coffee groves of Kholifa Estates, the plantation formerly owned by her grandfather. It is a place she remembers from childhood and which now belongs to her—if she wants it. Standing among the ruined groves she strains to hear the sound of the past, but the ‘layers of years’ in between then and now are too many. So begins her gathering of the family’s history through the tales of her aunts.

This is the story of four lives: Asana, Mariama, Hawa and Serah Kholifa, born to the different wives of a wealthy plantation owner in an Africa where change is just beginning to arrive. Asana, lost twin and head-wife’s daughter. Hawa, motherless child and manipulator of her own misfortune. Mariama, who sees what lies beyond this world. And Serah, follower of a Western-made dream.

About Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna is a Scottish writer raised in Sierra Leone and Britain. She spent as a child lot of her time abroad. She is the award winning author of the novels Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, The Hired Man and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. Aminatta also has been a major figure to revival Rogbonko ; a village founded by her grandfather, which was caught behind rebel lines and cut off from the rest of the country for a decade during Sierra Leone’s civil war.

“She tells stories as she breathes. The stories of these four women reel out and unspool with such effortless ease, such generosity of narrative spirit, that after putting down the book one feels one has inhabited their world and times…” The Times

“Beautiful novel by a great writer who always gives you a sense that you are eavesdropping on whispered conversations.” The Daily Ireland

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