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Ancestor Stones

by Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna's The Devil That Danced on the Water was a rapturously acclaimed, moving, and gorgeously written memoir that garnered international attention. Now she has seamlessly turned her hand to fiction, and delivers a novel that is lush and beautiful, a touching and intimate portrait of the lives of a family of independent, spirited African women over the last century of dramatic cultural change. A young woman who has lived in England for many years, Abie has followed the arc of a letter back to West Africa, to the coffee groves of Kholifa Estates, the plantation formerly owned by her grandfather. It is a place she remembers from childhood and that 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 were born to the different wives of a wealthy plantation owner in an Africa where change was just beginning to arrive. Asana, a lost twin and the head-wife's daughter. Hawa, a 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 free fall, Ancestor Stones is a stunning novel about understanding the past and how stories ancient and new shape who we become, a book that offers a different way of seeing the world we share. It is the story of a nation, a family, and four women's attempts to quietly alter the course of their own

Donde crecen flores silvestres

by Aminatta Forna

Uno de los mejores libros del año para The Boston Globe y The Independent: una apasionante historia sobre la nostalgia y el olvido, la venganza y el amor, la negación y la culpa, por «una autora de un talento deslumbrante» (Daily Telegraph)Gost, un pueblo croata de veranos abrasadores e inviernos gélidos, se encuentra rodeado de montañas y campos de flores silvestres que nadie pisa. Es el hogar de Duro, que sobrevive aletargado hasta que un día la ventana de la vieja casa azul que lleva más de una década vacía aparece abierta. La llegada de Laura y sus hijos supone un terremoto en el pueblo. Pronto, la relación que Duro entabla con los ingleses y las obras de reparación que él mismo emprende en la casa azul abrirán las compuertas del pasado, y por ellas entrarán en tromba los días de la infancia, el primer amor, las primeras traiciones y también la guerra y la muerte que llegaron luego, y de las que ya nadie habla.La crítica ha dicho... «Los fans de El paciente inglés van a adorar esta obra tan memorable e inquietante.»Red «Oscura y perturbadora, la narrativa de Forna tiene un ritmo de gran belleza, un tono escalofriante y angustioso, verdaderamente apasionante.»Kirkus (lectura seleccionada)«Una novela magistral por una autora de talento... Forna despliega su historia con un ritmo de medido suspense que se lee como un thriller cocinado a fuego lento. Su prosa nos agarra por el pescuezo de manera sigilosa y a continuación aprieta con fuerza. Narrativa de máxima tensión.»Arifa Akbar, The Independent «Esta hipnótica novela examina la resaca de la guerra y el genocidio. Lo más interesante de esta historia es el retrato de cómo aquellos que sobreviven a las atrocidades deben aprender a continuar viviendo juntos. Altamente recomendable.»Evelyn Beck, Library Journal«Si La memoria del amor confirmó la facilidad de Forna para escribir sobre la guerra y sus consecuencias, Donde crecen flores silvestres sella su candidatura a mejor autor de ficción en este campo.»Jackie Annesley, London Evening Standard«Una historia desgarradora sobre cómo aprendemos a vivir con nuestros enemigos, aquellos que nos han causado los daños más devastadores.»Manasi Subramaniam, The Sunday Guardian

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