Alexandra Fuller (best known for her memoir, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood) writes about her marriage and its slow unravel in her new memoir, Leaving Before the Rains Come. She describes her husband as “the perfect rescuer” who would save her from the chaos of her family and their life in Africa, and juxtaposes him with stories of her father who declared “boring” to be the worst possible sin. Leaving Before the Rains Come is written with wit and candor; it’s a raw exploration of one’s self that is both unabashed and elegant.
“Long after the divorce was final, I experienced his removal like the earth itself had been taken from under my feet. You can be the perpetrator of your own emptiness, it can be the very thing you need, and it can still undo you.” – Alexandra Fuller, Leaving Before the Rains Come
In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Alexandra Fuller about her book, Leaving Before the Rains Come.
ALEXANDRA FULLER was born in England in 1969. In 1972, she moved with her family to a farm in southern Africa where she lived until her midtwenties. She is the author of the NY Times Bestseller, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and Scribbling the Cat. She now lives in Wyoming with her three children.