The Hired Man

by Aminatta Forna

The Hired Man

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Duro is off on a morning's hunt when he sees something one rarely does in the Croatian village of Gost: a strange car. Later that day, he overhears its occupants, a British woman, Laura, and her two children, who have taken up residence in a house Duro knows well. He offers his assistance getting their water working again, and soon he is at the house every day, helping get it ready as their summer cottage, and serving as Laura's trusted confidant. But the other residents of Gost are not as pleased to have the interlopers, and Duro must be increasingly creative to shield the family from the town's hostility, and his own past with the house's former occupants.

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In her previous books Aminatta Forna focused her attention on her father's native land, Sierra Leone, where she'd spent part of her turbulent childhood. The Hired Man is set in the fictional town of Gost, Croatia. It opens with the arrival of Laura, a British woman who has bought a dilapidated house on the outskirts of town. With her teenage son and daughter in tow, she plans to spend the summer fixing up what will be their holiday home. It's over a decade since the Balkan wars of

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