After reading "Happiness" and "The Hired Hand," I eagerly began "Ancestor Stones." I managed to get through the first 100 or so pages and then gave up. I was unable to make any kind of connection with the characters despite the many and myriad female personalities; I just didn't care about anyone. Thankfully I had Forna's "Devil Danced on Water" at hand and am now thoroughly engrossed in this memoir. Thus far, I have found Forna's writing to be captivating so I'm not sure what specifically turned me off here; maybe it was just me or this time/place.
A young woman returns to West Africa and listens to the stories of four aunts, who are four of the eleven wives of her grandfather. These stories span the last 75 years of the 20ieth century and take place against the descent of the country into anarchy. While I liked the idea of these women's stories, their voices were not distinct enough from each other. One story might have been more effective.
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