Aminatta Forna

We are delighted to welcome back esteemed novelist Aminatta Forna, who is here with one of the finest works of this year, Happiness (Atlantic Monthly). The author of the novels Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, and The Hired Man, as well as the memoir The Devil That Danced on the Water, she tells a story set most largely in present-day London, the fateful meeting that eventually comes of a woman from the US there to study the ways of urban foxes, and a psychiatrist from Ghana. This is a beautiful book of chance, of how connections get made, the moments that make possible so much that is life. This is one not to be missed.

“Aminatta Forna expertly weaves her characters’ stories, past and present, in and out of the larger story of London, which becomes as rich a character as the human beings and, indeed, the foxes; and she makes us care deeply about them all, the foxes, the people and the city. A terrific novel.”—Salman Rushdie.

“The overarching message tucked into Scottish and Sierra Leonian writer Forna’s quietly resonant novel is this: Every living thing is the net sum of its history, and we carry the weight of our past on our shoulders.…Intricately woven…Forna’s novel is ultimately a mesmerizing tale studded with exquisite writing.” —Booklist.

Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission.

Date: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle Public Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
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