February is the month of romance. And fittingly, our choice for book of the month has a love theme. We will be reading Ama Ata Aidoo’s anthology, African Love Stories
Published in 2006, and edited by Ama Ata Aidoo, the book is a collection of great stories written by Africa’s best female authors- perhaps only female because women make better love-story writers? As with most anthologies where various authors have contributed, the style of writing, mood, and reactions one experiences when reading this book do tend to vary as one reads one story after another. The main theme is love but the stories do show that individuals get to experience it in various ways. How far can we go for love? Is love found in a different race?- as seen in Something Old, Something New (Leila Abouela) where a young white man driven by feelings travels across boundaries and seas to Khartoum to get married to the young woman he loves. A similar idea is seen in Marriage and other impediments (Tomi Adeaga). Is love an illusion? – As read in A Sunny Afternoon (Veronique Tadjo) where a married woman is under a delusion that a man she barely knew, a man she just spent an afternoon with is the love of her life.