Leaving Before the Rains Come

Leaving Before the Rains Come

Large Print - 2015
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A child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of two deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fuller's own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she finally confronts the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and about the family she left behind in Africa. A breathtaking achievement, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a memoir of such grace and intelligence, filled with such wit and courage, that it could only have been written by Alexandra Fuller. Leaving Before the Rains Come begins with the dreadful first years of the American financial crisis when Fuller's delicate balance--between American pragmatism and African fatalism, the linchpin of her unorthodox marriage--irrevocably fails. Recalling her unusual courtship in Zambia--elephant attacks on the first date, sick with malaria on the wedding day--Fuller struggles to understand her younger self as she overcomes her current misfortunes. Fuller soon realizes what is missing from her life is something that was always there: the brash and uncompromising ways of her father, the man who warned his daughter that 'the problem with most people is that they want to be alive for as long as possible without having any idea whatsoever how to live.' Fuller's father--'Tim Fuller of No Fixed Abode' as he first introduced himself to his future wife--was a man who regretted nothing and wanted less, even after fighting harder and losing more than most men could bear. Leaving Before the Rains Come showcases Fuller at the peak of her abilities, threading panoramic vistas with her deepest revelations as a fully grown woman and mother. Fuller reveals how, after spending a lifetime fearfully waiting for someone to show up and save her, she discovered that, in the end, we all simply have to save ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, ©2015
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410478597
1410478599
Branch Call Number: 306.89 FUL 2015
Characteristics: 387 pages (large print) ; 23 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

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Warru37
Apr 11, 2016

MAY 2017 BOOK CLUB

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brangwinn
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.

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blcwrites
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.

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carol507
Jun 04, 2015

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

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GummiGirl
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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