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Title The Devil that Danced on the Water
Author Aminatta Forna
Publisher HarperCollins UK
Release 2003
Category Children
Total Pages 403
ISBN 0006531261
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is an intimate and moving portrait of a family combined with an account of the events which swept through Africa in the post-independence period. As the child of a Sierra Leonian medical student and a white, working class woman in 1960s Aberdeen, Aminatta Forna saw bricks thrown through the windows of the family home and her mother spat on in the street and disowned by her own father. On moving to Sierra Leone, where her parents set up a clinic, she enjoyed an idyllic childhood playing among the mango trees. But her father's increasing involvement in politics became too much of a strain for her mother, who fled back to England. Aminatta's father married a Sierra Leonian and became Deputy Prime Minister and the family enjoyed the life of the elite.

Title The Devil that Danced on the Water
Author Aminatta Forna
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Release 2002
Category Fathers and daughters
Total Pages 403
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Aminatta's search for the truth that shaped both her childhood and the nation's destiny begins among the country's elite and took her into the heart of rebel territory. Determined to break the silence surrounding her father's fate, she ultimately uncovered a conspiracy that penetrated the highest reaches of government and forced the nation's politicians and judiciary to confront their guilt."--BOOK JACKET.

Title The Devil That Danced on the Water A Daughter s Memoir
Author Aminatta Forna
Publisher HarperCollins UK
Release 2011-04-14
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 416
ISBN 0007386753
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

An intimate and moving portrait of a family combined with an account of the events which swept through Africa in the post-independence period.

Title The Devil that Danced on the Water
Author Aminatta Forna
Publisher
Release 2002
Category Sierra Leone
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9780002570657
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Devil That Danced on the Water
Author Aminatta Forna
Publisher
Release 2002
Category Sierra Leone
Total Pages 403
ISBN 9780007146659
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A daughter's memoir of her father, her family, her country and a continent. Aminatta Forna's personal history is a passionate and vivid account of an African childhood - of an idyll which became a nightmare. As a child she witnessed the upheavals of post-colonial Africa, the bitterness of exile in Britain and the terrible consequences of her dissident father's stand against tyranny.

Ancestor Stones by Aminatta Forna

Title Ancestor Stones
Author Aminatta Forna
Publisher A&C Black
Release 2011-05-02
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 1408825961
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Abie follows the arc of a letter from London back to Africa to a coffee plantation that now could be hers if she wants it. Standing among the ruined groves she strains to hear the sound of the past, but the layers of years are too many. Thus begins the gathering of her family's history through the tales of her aunts - four women born to four different wives of a wealthy plantation owner, her grandfather. Asana, Mariama, Hawa and Serah: theirs is the story of a nation, a family and four women's attempts to alter the course of her own destiny.

The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna

Title The Hired Man
Author Aminatta Forna
Publisher A&C Black
Release 2013-03-28
Category Fiction
Total Pages 464
ISBN 1408818779
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Gost is surrounded by mountains and fields of wild flowers. The summer sun burns. The Croatian winter brings freezing winds. Beyond the boundaries of the town an old house which has lain empty for years is showing signs of life. One of the windows, glass darkened with dirt, today stands open, and the lively chatter of English voices carries across the fallow fields. Laura and her teenage children have arrived. A short distance away lies the hut of Duro Kolak who lives alone with his two hunting dogs. As he helps Laura with repairs to the old house, they uncover a mosaic beneath the ruined plaster and, in the rising heat of summer, painstakingly restore it. But Gost is not all it seems; conflicts long past still suppurate beneath the scars.

Happiness by Aminatta Forna

Title Happiness
Author Aminatta Forna
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2018-04-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 1408893304
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'Forna's voice is relentlessly compelling, her ability to summon atmosphere extraordinary ... A thing of lasting beauty' Observer SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2019 Waterloo Bridge, London. Two strangers collide. Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist, and Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes. From this chance encounter in the midst of the rush of a great city, numerous moments of connections span out and interweave, bringing disparate lives together. Attila has arrived in London with two tasks: to deliver a keynote speech on trauma and to check up on the daughter of friends, his 'niece', Ama, who hasn't called home in a while. It soon emerges that she has been swept up in an immigration crackdown – and now her young son Tano is missing. When, by chance, Attila bumps into Jean again, she joins him in his search for Tano, mobilizing into action the network she has built up, mainly from the many West African immigrants working London's myriad streets, of volunteer fox-spotters: security guards, hotel doormen, traffic wardens. All unite to help and as the search continues, a deepening friendship between Attila and Jean unfolds. In this delicate yet powerful novel of loves lost and new, of past griefs and of the hidden side of a teeming metropolis, Aminatta Forna asks us to consider the values of the society we live in, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures – and the true nature of happiness.

The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

Title The Memory of Love
Author Aminatta Forna
Publisher A&C Black
Release 2011-03-07
Category Fiction
Total Pages 464
ISBN 1408809656
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A heartbreaking story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances by acclaimed writer Aminatta Forna.

The Window Seat by Aminatta Forna

Title The Window Seat
Author Aminatta Forna
Publisher Grove Press
Release 2021-05-18
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages
ISBN 0802158595
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Aminatta Forna is one of our most important literary voices, and her novels have won the Windham Campbell Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. In this elegantly rendered and wide-ranging collection of new and previously published essays, Forna writes intimately about displacement, trauma and memory, love, and how we coexist and encroach on the non-human world. Movement is a constant here. In the title piece, “The Window Seat,” she reveals the unexpected enchantments of commercial air travel. In “Obama and the Renaissance Generation,” she documents how, despite the narrative of Obama’s exceptionalism, his father, like her own, was one of a generation of gifted young Africans who came to the United Kingdom and the United States for education and were expected to build their home countries anew after colonialism. In “The Last Vet,” time spent shadowing Dr. Jalloh, the only veterinarian in Sierra Leone, as he works with the street dogs of Freetown, becomes a meditation on what a society’s treatment of animals tells us about its principles. In “Crossroads,” she examines race in America from an African perspective, and in “Power Walking” she describes what it means to walk in the world in a Black woman’s body and in “The Watch” she explores the raptures of sleep and sleeplessness the world over. Deeply meditative and written with a wry humor, The Window Seat confirms that Forna is a vital voice in international letters.

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