Aminatta Forna excels in unmasking the deceptions and betrayals of men in wartime, and in tracing the lingering effects—both obvious and insidious—that haunt their survivors. Forna’s previous novel, The Memory of Love, was set in her family’s native Sierra Leone, and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book; was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, the International Dublin IMPAC Award, and many other accolades. With The Hired Man ($24.00), she has delivered a layered, psychologically rich portrait of a man caught in the crossfire of the Croatian War of Independence, and the secrets and tensions that fester within a town coping with the aftermath of conflict.
Aminatta Forna is the author of two novels, Ancestor Stones and The Memory of Love, and The Devil That Danced on the Water, a memoir of her activist father and of Sierra Leone. With The Hired Man, she has widened her scope beyond Africa and stakes her claim as a truly cosmopolitan talent. She lives in London and will be teaching at Williams College in Western Massachusetts in the autumn of 2013.
The new novel from the winner of the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, The Hired Man is a taut, powerful novel of a small town and its dark wartime secrets, unwittingly brought into the light by a family of outsiders.