Ancestor Stones

Ancestor Stones

Book - 2006 | 1st American ed
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"Abie has followed the arc of a letter from London back to Africa, to the coffee groves of Kholifa Estates, the plantation formerly owned by her grandfather. It is a place she remembers from childhood and which now belongs to her - if she wants it. Standing among the ruined groves she strains to hear the sound of the past, but the 'layers of years' in between then and now are too many. So begins her gathering of the family's history through the tales of her aunts." "This is the story of
four lives: Asana, Mariama, Hawa and Serah Kholifa, born to the different wives of a wealthy plantation owner in an Africa where change is just beginning to arrive. Asana, lost twin and head-wife's daughter. Hawa, motherless child and manipulator of her own misfortune. Mariama, who sees what lies beyond this world. And Serah, follower of a Western-made dream." "Stretching across generations and set against the backdrop of a country's descent into freefall, Ancestor Stones is a novel about
understanding the past and how stories ancient and new shape who we become, and one which offers a different way of seeing the world we share. It is the story of a nation, a family and four women's attempts quietly to alter the course of their own destiny."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 0871139448
Branch Call Number: FIC FORNA
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 24 cm

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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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