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Arifa Akbar Reviews The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

The Memory of LoveVerdict: carrot

With the publication of her latest work of fiction, The Memory of Love (Bloomsbury), based in Sierra Leone and dramatising the nation’s fractured sensibilities in the aftermath of the civil war, Aminatta Forna wants to clear up a few enduring misconceptions.

She was not the female protagonist of Ancestor Stones – Abie – who goes to Africa to trace the family trajectories of four aunts, as reviews suggested. “Everyone thinks I have a coffee plantation in Sierra Leone, but I have a cashew crop project. I wrote about a woman who owns a coffee plantation. When you are talking about a woman writer coming from a hot country, there’s a complete assumption that she is writing about her own life.

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