Ancestor Stones

Abie, who lives in London with her Scots husband and their kids, returns to her native West Africa after her aunts give her the family coffee plantation. For the bulk of the novel, four of Abie’s aunts (”not my only aunts, by any means, but my husbandless aunts”) take turns telling their stories, narrating over 70 years of life on and off their Islamic father’s compound — from rival co-wives and religious clashes to mission school and university abroad to military invasions and corrupt elections. The shifting points of view are initially distracting, but Aminatta Forna achieves a compelling drama and a thoughtful, sensual study of women’s survival in Ancestor Stones.

Ancestor Stones
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