Freetown, Sierra Leone: The intersecting stories of Kai, a gifted young surgeon who is plagued by demons, and Elias, who recalls the love that obsessed him and drove him to acts that are far from heroic. As past and present intersect, they are drawn unwittingly closer and into the path of a woman at the centre of their stories. THE MEMORY OF LOVE is a heartbreaking story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
Aminatta Forna was born in Scotland and raised in West Africa. Her first book, The Devil that Danced on the Water, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003. Her novel Ancestor Stones was winner of the 2008 Hurston Wright Legacy Award, the Literaturpreis in Germany, was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and selected by the Washington Post as one of the most important books of 2006. In 2007 Vanity Fair named Aminatta as one of Africa's most promising new writers. Aminatta has also written for magazines and newspapers, radio and television, and presented television documentaries on Africa's history and art. Aminatta Forna lives in London with her husband.