Ancestor Stones

Ancestor Stones

eBook - 2014
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Aminatta Forna, whose moving and gorgeously written memoir garnered international attention, has seamlessly turned her hand to fiction in Ancestor Stones a powerful, sensuous novel that beautifully captures Africa's past century and her present, and the legacy that her daughters take with them wherever they live. Abie returns home from England to West Africa to visit her family after years of civil war, and to reclaim the family plantation, Kholifa Estates, formerly owned by her grandfather. There to meet her are her aunts: Asana, Mariama, Hawa, and Serah, and so begins her gathering of the family and the country's history through the tales of her aunts. Asana, lost twin and head wife's daughter. Hawa, motherless child and manipulator of her own misfortune. Mariama, who sees what lies beyond. And Serah, follower of a Western made dream. Set against the backdrop of a nation's descent into chaos, it is the take a family and four women's attempts to alter the course of their own destiny. A wonderful achievement recalling The God of Small Things and The Joy Luck Club, it establishes Aminatta Forna as a gifted novelist.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
ISBN: 0802191967
9780802191960
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Jul 08, 2013

A young woman returns to West Africa and listens to the stories of four aunts, who are four of the eleven wives of her grandfather. These stories span the last 75 years of the 20ieth century and take place against the descent of the country into anarchy. While I liked the idea of these women's stories, their voices were not distinct enough from each other. One story might have been more effective.

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