Beautifully told lies.
Before I met Caroline, I had never dreamt of achieving anything beyond a bicycle and probably a tin-roofed slum. Now I was thinking of cars, bungalows, servants and whatever else Caroline missed by changing sides.
War-time love story set in Abyssinia, Eritrea and the Yemen 1935-1945. Amedeo Guillet is still alive and living in County Meath, Ireland. Khadija is lost.
Powerful and sensuously written, Ancestor Stones is a wonderful achievement that recalls The God of Small Things and The Joy Luck Club , and establishes Forna as a gifted novelist.
A brave and powerful work of fiction, Arrows of Rain is a brilliant dramatization of the complex factors behind the near-collapse of a nation from one of the most exciting novelists writing today.
“Sara loves Sam and Sam loves Sara, in Nairobi. Then one day he has to go back home to Uganda to his family, but promises to come back. He doesn’t come back. Sam dies. A future uncertain and hanging as ominous clouds; and now followed by sad news of Sam’s sudden demise in Kampala, that her father forbids her to attend the funeral. But as fools rush in, she books an overloaded ‘Kampala’ Express, packed with passengers like sardines (jeered all the way; un-belonging). This is her unseen Africa in the aftermath of post-Amin’s Uganda which is now overran with several lunatics in soldier uniform, erecting numerous roadblocks and where one had taken away her picture from Sam’s wallet and keeps it, perhaps to ‘defile it in his maggot-infested bed.
Before you make a turn and run: This is not the typical mzungu story!”
– Roundsquare Chumolet
“I simply loved this book and will be recommending it to many people! The story had me hooked right from the beginning. I experienced an entire range of emotions as I got to know the characters and as events unfolded. The author’s way with words… simple, yet descriptive enough to allow me to visualize every scene in my mind’s eye.”
– Nafisa Rayani, Belonging in Africa Facebook Page
Beneath the Lion’s Gaze tells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendship set in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction. It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution. Emotionally gripping, poetic, and indelibly tragic, Beneath The Lion’s Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debut.