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Writer Aminatta Forna Discusses Her Latest Novel, ‘Happiness’

Writer Aminatta Forna talks about her latest novel, Happiness, which shines a light on the hidden side of an urban metropolis and on lost love and past grief.

Writer Aminatta Forna
Aminatta Forna is an award-winning author of the novels The Hired Man, The Memory, and, most recently, Happiness.

Happiness Book Cover

Two very different lives intersect in Aminatta Forna’s latest novel Happiness. An American woman studying the habits of urban foxes and a man from Ghana who specializes in refugee trauma cross paths and each face their own forks in the road.

The novel shines a light on the hidden side of an urban metropolis and on lost love and past grief. It’s also an example of how Forna highlights issues in her books that don’t often appear in fiction. The writer draws on her family background and journalism chops to raise those issues. Forna will appear at a reading tonight (March 26) for Inprint Houston’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, along with fellow author Samanta Schweblin, whose latest novel is called Fever Dream.

Aminatta Forna joins Houston Matters host Craig Cohen to talk about her work.

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