Leaving Before the Rains Come

Leaving Before the Rains Come

Book - 2015
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The author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight traces her post-divorce confrontation of an upbringing in Africa that was overshadowed by the Rhodesian wars, her complicated parents and her courtship with her ex-husband. --Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, c2015
Edition: New York
ISBN: 9781594205866
Branch Call Number: B FULLER 2015
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 25 cm


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This is the third memoir from Fuller, and I own all three. I have no shared experiences with this author, but I enjoy becoming immersed in her world. It may be odd to say that she's a gifted storyteller, because that's usually what you say about someone who writes fiction. However, she brings her stories to life, and she has an inspiring, heartbreaking and vivid writing style.

SquamishLibraryStaff Apr 19, 2016

An absolutely incredible memoir. Alexandra Fuller writes searingly about her painful but wonderfully adventurous childhood in Africa and the dissolution of her marriage. Her life is filled with unforgettable characters, most notably, her parents. It is both hilarious and heartbreaking. I highly recommend this book that was recommended to me by another member of our staff! Kirsten

Apr 11, 2016


Feb 21, 2016

If you read Fuller’s autobiography Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: an African Childhood you’ll want to read this follow-up book. Here she explores the disintegration of her marriage and how her independent childhood in Africa shaped her and helped lead to the dissolution. As always her writing is compelling and thought- provoking.

Oct 26, 2015

This is a brave and word-worthy memoir. Best if you've read Don't Go.... first so that you can rejoin the family. It irks me that reviewers start out with "this is a book about her divorce." Really only a part of the book and while the catalyst for no doubt writing it, Alexandra can write about anything, but especially her life in Rhodesia and her parents.

Jun 04, 2015

A hard book to get through, obviously author on psychiatric drugs.

Apr 06, 2015

Has a lot to say about both southern Africa and Wyoming and how they've changed over the past two decades, as well as being a very personal story of a cross-cultural marriage and how people are affected by both their places and families of origin.


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