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Looking to rebuild after a painful divorce, Alexandra Fuller turns to her African past for clues to living a life fully and without fear.

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 that 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. An unforgettable book, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a story of sorrow grounded in the tragic grandeur and rueful joy only to be found in Fuller’s Africa.

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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
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