This heartbreaking, absorbing story about love and the legacy of war raises deep questions about our ability to go on and to love again after losing those we love most. Set after the Sierra Leone Civil War of the 1990s, the novel’s characters include a young surgeon who lives with the consequences of what he has done for the love of an inaccessible woman, an elderly man who is finally ready to discuss his own betrayal of others, and a woman who, having lost her loved ones, must now endure more. The spare beauty of Forna’s prose makes these characters live on long after the last page is turned. –Karen
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