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Books

Alexandra Fuller: Leaving Before the Rains Come

When: Mon., Feb. 9, 7 p.m. 2015

Readers first met best-selling nonfiction author Alexandra Fuller in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, a memoir about her chaotic, ruleless upbringing in war-torn Rhodesia in southern Africa with two complicated parents. Fuller's new memoir, Leaving Before the Rains Come, offers a different perspective of this unique childhood, after she is compelled to re-examine the past for answers following the disintegration of her marriage. How do two people begin to lose sight of each other, and how does one face the suffocating loneliness when a relationship ends? Honest insights to some of these questions shine brilliantly throughout Fuller's characteristically poetic, often humorous writing about the pain of divorce. After marrying an American and making a decision she thought she never would—leaving Africa—Fuller seems to have thought she traded a high-risk, unpredictable life for one of structured calm in Wyoming with her husband and three children. That is, until her family fell apart, proving that there is no real escape from suffering in life. If there were a guide to self-care in the wake of divorce, this book is it; Fuller exposes the void a childless house leaves behind and other unexpected challenges divorced parents face. Fuller will be at The King's English Bookshop this week for a book-signing and a reading from Leaving Before the Rains Come. (Deann Armes)

Price: Free