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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
 
 
Author
Alexandra Fuller.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780143121343
Pages/Publication Date 238/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29424
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Ten years after her superb memoir Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight won the Royal Society of Literature's final Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, Alexandra Fuller gives us this "electrifying" (NYTimes) portrait of her mother. "Our Mum—or Nicola Fuller of Central Africa, as she has on occasion preferred to introduce herself—has wanted a writer in the family as long as either of us can remember," begins Fuller, "not only because she loves books and has therefore always wanted to appear in them (the way she likes large, expensive hats, and likes to appear in them) but also because she has always wanted to live a fabulously romantic life for which she needed a reasonably pliable witness as scribe." Through civil war, hardship, and tragedy across Africa's uncompromising landscape, Fuller traces her family's adventures as Nicola fights to keep her land, her children, and her sanity. And yet, when it seems that Nicola has been broken by the continent she loves, it is the African earth that revives and sustains her.

"In shimmering, musical prose ... Ms. Fuller manages the difficult feat of writing about her mother and father with love and understanding, while at the same time conveying the terrible human costs of the colonialism they supported.... Although Ms. Fuller would move to America with her husband in 1994, her own love for Africa reverberates throughout these pages, making the beauty and hazards of that land searingly real for the reader."—NYTimes

 
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