Leaving before the rains come

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New York, New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
9781594205866, 1594205868
Villa Park Public Library - Nonfiction
968.91 FULLER


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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. Fuller 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. She 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. 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.

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APA Citation (style guide)

Fuller, A. (2015). Leaving before the rains come. New York, New York: Penguin Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Fuller, Alexandra, 1969-. 2015. Leaving Before the Rains Come. New York, New York: Penguin Press.

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Fuller, Alexandra, 1969-, Leaving Before the Rains Come. New York, New York: Penguin Press, 2015.

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Fuller, Alexandra. Leaving Before the Rains Come. New York, New York: Penguin Press, 2015. Print.

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