The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

About the book

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 1969. On a hot January evening that he will remember for decades, Elias Cole first catches sight of Saffia Kamara, the wife of a charismatic colleague. He is transfixed. Thirty years later, lying in the capital’s hospital, he recalls the desire that drove him to acts of betrayal he has tried to justify ever since. Elsewhere in the hospital, Kai, a gifted young surgeon, is desperately trying to forget the pain of a lost love that torments him as much as the mental scars he still bears from the civil war that has left an entire people with terrible secrets to keep. It falls to a British psychologist, Adrian Lockheart, to help the two survivors, but when he too falls in love, past and present collide with devastating consequences.

Reviewed by The Democrats Reading Group:

We all considered this an extraordinary book – haunting, beautifully crafted and one that challenged many preconceptions and forced us to explore uncomfortable aspects of humanity – yet full of courage and hope. A wonderful and memorable read.

Star rating: ****

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