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Author: Alexandra Fuller Narrator: Alexandra Fuller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781490638911
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As her marriage collapses, the author of the international bestseller Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight relearns the fearless ways of her father to find her own true north. Standing in the wreckage of her marriage, in her adopted country America, Alexandra Fuller revisits the continent she loves and finds in her father's harsh, simple and uncompromising ways the key to her salvation. Casting a fresh eye on her parent's boisterous strengths and debilitating weaknesses, painting a vivid picture of America at the end of decades of false certainty and security, and revealing her Africa, vital and resilient, Leave Before the Rains Come is an astonishment - a memoir of such grace and intelligence, wit and courage that only Alexandra Fuller could have written it. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A devastating and deft account of how her youth in Zambia and Zimbabwe led to the joys and disasters that followed her into adulthood.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Fuller belongs in the pantheon of great memoirists, right alongside Mary Karr, Tobias Wolff, and Frank McCourt. Not unlike those writers, Fuller has a single trope—hers is a childhood spent as a British expat on a farm in revolution-torn southern Africa—that she uses over and over to define and clarify her life…While the book is ostensibly about their union, and its ultimate dissolution, it is also about memory and childhood and nature and modern life…Somehow, always, she finds another thread to weave into another masterpiece.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Alexandra Fuller writes about her twenty-year marriage with American Charlie Ross and its demise. With evocative detail, this talented author writes about the couple’s life in the stark beauty of southern Africa and Wyoming; their unorthodox courtship and wedding; their adventures and rapport; their mistakes; their fateful differences; and her reflections on the loss of her marriage and family. A memorable human document.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Powerful, raw, and painful, Fuller’s writing is so immediate, so vivid that whether she’s describing the beauty of Zambia or the harrowing hours following a devastating accident, she leaves the reader breathless. Another not-to-be-missed entry from the gifted Fuller.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The rich narration of Fuller’s upbringing, sensibility, and loneliness make clear that she remains one of the most gifted and important memoirists of our time.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Alexandra Fuller’s beautifully accented voice, as rich and nuanced as her writing, makes her the perfect narrator for her intimate memoir detailing the dissolution of her marriage…The loss and regret this brings come through clearly as does her early joy and optimism. Fuller’s gifted performance lets listeners share this deeply personal journey through sadness to trust in a happier future.”

    AudioFile

  • “Fuller’s talent as a storyteller makes this memoir sing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2015
  • An Oprah Pick for Ten Titles for Pick Up Now
  • A BookPage Book of the Day, February 2015
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Biographies & Memoirs
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2015 Library Journal Best Audiobook

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About the Author

Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969. In 1972, she moved with her family to a farm in southern Africa. She lived in Africa until her mid-twenties. In 1994, she moved to Wyoming. She is the author of three memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness.