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“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.” That Oprah-es­que nugget of wis­dom, dropped in the first chap­ter, is a the­sis state­ment of sorts for Alexan­dra Fuller’s Leav­ing Be­fore the Rains Come. This darkly funny, poignant mem­oir starts with a love af­fair born on a Zambian polo field and stars Fuller’s ec­cen­tric and bril­liantly re­al­ized fam­ily, but it’s truly about a heart­bro­ken long­ing for Africa, where, the au­thor writes, “tragedy roared at us, and we roared back...and we sur­vived mag­nif­i­cently.”

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