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Ancestor Stones by Aminatta Forna. New York. 2006. Atlantic Monthly Press. 323 pages. Jacket art by Bruno Barbier/Robert Harding. 0871139448. September 2006.

 

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   ‘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.’ Stretching across generations and set against the backdrop of a country’s descent into freefall, ANCESTOR STONES is a novel about understanding the past and how stories ancient and new Forna AminattaAminatta 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.shape who we become, and one which offers a different way of seeing the world we share. It is the story of a nation, a family and four women’s attempts quietly to alter the course of their own destiny.

 

 

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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