Beah’s A Long Way Gone is a remarkable account of his life as a child soldier. The writing is so vivid that sometimes one can’t help but wonder how a person can experience such horrors and still come out sane. But Beah shows it is possible.
Sierra Leonean author Aminatta Forna, who last month won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Best Book Prize for the Africa region, has been shortlisted for yet another award. Forna is one of six authors shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for fiction, an award that was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women throughout the world.
Aminatta Forna’s latest book, published in January 2011 by Bloomsbury, is a moving portrayal of love and hope and the undying human spirit.
Set in Sierra Leone, a country that has just emerged from a decade of civil war, The Memory of Love revolves mainly around a few characters whose lives intertwine through the course of generations, and through whose eyes and voices the story unfolds.