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Ancestor Stones

(2006)
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When Abie's family leave her a coffee plantation, she returns to Africa to find herself in a place suspended between past and present; between the real world and the unworldly. Standing among the ruined groves she strains to hear the sound of the past, but 'the layers of years in between us were too many'. So begins her gathering of the past through the stories of her four aunts - Asana, Mary, Hawa and Serah. Each woman recounts her life from a mass of muddied memories and vivid recollections of the father they feared, the men they loved, the mothers who left them, and above all, the secrets they shared. What also emerges is the story of an Africa drawn to the temptations of the West but desperate to cling to its own ways. Immersed in silenced truths, whispered lies, and magical tales, these strong women attempt to alter the quiet course of their destinies and claim their own identities. Stretching across sensibilities and generations, "Ancestor Stones" is a stunning novel of a nation, a family and the individual women whose stories explore different ways of seeing: how the past is understood through the filter of hindsight, how women come to see themselves through the eyes of others, and how stories ancient and new shape the world that we see.

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Hardback Editions

May 2007 : UK Hardback

Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
ISBN: 0-7531-7850-8 / 978-0-7531-7850-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Publishing
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August 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ancestor Stones: A Novel
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
ISBN: 0-87113-944-8 / 978-0-87113-944-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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July 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
ISBN: 0-7475-8472-9 / 978-0-7475-8472-8 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
ISBN: 0-7531-7851-6 / 978-0-7531-7851-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
ISBN: 0-8021-4321-0 / 978-0-8021-4321-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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July 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
ISBN: 0-7475-8592-X / 978-0-7475-8592-3 (UK edition)
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July 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
ISBN: 0-7475-8479-6 / 978-0-7475-8479-7 (UK edition)
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May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
ISBN: 1-5226-6133-6 / 978-1-5226-6133-7
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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August 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ancestor Stones
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August 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
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May 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
Publisher: Grove Press
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May 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ancestor Stones
Author(s): Aminatta Forna
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