Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book
Finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction
An "Essence" Book Club Pick
In contemporary Sierra Leone, a devastating civil war has left an entire populace with secrets to keep. In the capital hospital, a gifted young surgeon is plagued by demons that are beginning to threaten his livelihood. Elsewhere in the hospital lies a dying man who was young during the country s turbulent postcolonial years and has stories to tell that are far from heroic. As past and present intersect in the buzzing city, these men are drawn unwittingly closer by a British psychologist with good intentions, and into the path of one woman at the center of their stories. A work of breathtaking writing and rare wisdom, "The Memory of Love" seamlessly weaves together two generations of African life to create a story of loss, absolution, and the indelible effects of the pastand, in the end, the very nature of love.
A] luminous tale of passion and betrayal. Maaza Mengiste, "The New York Times Book Review""
The Memory of Love