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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandra Fuller Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness Alexandra Fuller returns to Africa and to her unforgettable family. At the heart of this family, and central to the lifeblood of her latest story, is Fuller’s iconically courageous mother, Nicola. Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye to a warlike clan of highlanders and raised in Kenya’s perfect equatorial light, Nicola holds dear the values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa: loyalty to blood, passion for land, and a holy belief in the restorative power of all animals.

We see Nicola as an irrepressible child in western Kenya, then with the man who fell in love with her, Tim Fuller. The young couple begin their life in a lavender colored honeymoon period; but in short order, an accumulation of mishaps and tragedies bump up against history until the Fullers find themselves in a world they hardly recognize. We follow Tim and Nicola as they hopscotch the continent, restlessly trying to establish a home, from Kenya to Rhodesia to Zambia, even returning to England briefly. War, hardship, and tragedy seem to follow the family even as Nicola fights to hold onto her children, her land, her sanity. But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken by the continent she loves, it is the African earth—and Tim’s acceptance of her love for this earth—that revives her.

Following the ghosts and dreams of memory, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness is Alexandra Fuller at her very best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An eccentric, quixotic and downright dangerous tale with full room for humor, love and more than a few highballs.”

    Huffington Post

  • “An artistic and emotional feat.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The reader is rewarded with an intimate family story played out against an extraordinary landscape, told with remarkable grace and style.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tirune

  • “The writer’s finesse at handling the element of time is brilliant, as she interweaves near-present day incidents with stories set in the past. Both are equally vivid…With Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Alexandra Fuller, master memoirist, brings her readers new pleasure.”

    Cleveland Plain-Dealer

  • One of the 2011 Bookpage Most Anticipated Book
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2011
  • A 2011 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jen | 1/23/2014

    " Fun follow-up stories to her first novel. Humorous and enlightening of life in mid-Africa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yvonne Barlow | 1/21/2014

    " I loved 'Don't Let's Go To the Dogs Tonight'' and this bio rounds the story off so well. I finally understand the author's parents and what kept them in Africa, no matter the setbacks. This is contemporary Africa, the Africa I know and love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cindy | 1/19/2014

    " Just downloaded this book on my Kindle! I'm so excited to read it. Loved Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight by the same author who grew up on Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laurel | 1/15/2014

    " I love reading about the Fuller family... this awful book is one big love letter to Nicola Fuller of Central Africa and I truly hope she finds it worthy. "

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