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Publisher Description

A story of survival and war, love and madness, loyalty and forgiveness, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness is an intimate exploration of Fuller’s parents, whom readers first met in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, and of the price of being possessed by Africa’s uncompromising, fertile, death-dealing land. We follow Tim and Nicola Fuller hopscotching the continent, restlessly trying to establish a home. War, hardship, and tragedy follow the family even as Nicola fights to hold on to 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 that revives and nurtures her. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness is Fuller at her very best.

Alexandra Fuller is the author of several memoirs: Travel Light, Move FastLeaving Before the Rains Come, and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. 

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2011
August 23
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
3.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Kris56301 ,

African Glass Castle

Memoir of mother by daughter set in Africa in the late 20th century as the continent shed colonialism. With fearless Scottish roots Mum, the matriarch, survives war, family deaths, moves and bouts of insanity while in Kenya, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe near Mozambique, England, South Africa and Zambia. Ever adapting, she transitioned from a life of polo privilege to armed combat to tilapia farming with a supportive husband and two daughters. Many of life's joys and sorrows are raw and real on this book.

davidsumnernyc ,

Soulful Writer

Alexandra Fuller's books (I've read them all) are compelling beyond words. Haunting, hopeful, and forever memorable. Her words float with daring and grace. Truly memorable. And for that, I'm eternally grateful. What a pleasure!

Jbburns ,

Read "Don't Let's Go To The Dogs" first

I enjoyed this book, but I think I would have enjoyed it less if I had not read the author's first book, "Don't Let's Go TomThe Dogs..." I think the earlier book helps to put this most recent effort in perspective. And, the first book is awesome, so people should read it anyway.

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