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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by [Fuller, Alexandra]
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A New York Times Notable Book

“[An] electrifying new memoir. . . . Writing in shimmering, musical prose, Ms. Fuller creates portraits of her mother, father and various eccentric relatives that are as indelible and resonant as the family portraits in classic contemporary memoirs like Mary Karr’s Liars’ Club and Andre Aciman’s Out of Egypt.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“Rewarding. . . . A love story to Africa and her family. She plumbs her family story with humor, memory, old photographs and a no-nonsense attitude toward family foibles, follies and tragedy. The reader is rewarded with an intimate family story played out against an extraordinary landscape, told with remarkable grace and style.”
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
 
“Another stunner. . . . Alexandra Fuller, master memoirist, brings her readers new pleasure.”
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Gracefully recounted using family recollections and photos, the author plumbs the narrative with a humane and clear-eyed gaze—a lush story, largely lived within a remarkable place and time.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Fuller achieves another beautifully wrought memoir.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“Fuller’s prose is so beautiful and so evocative that readers will feel that they, too, are sitting under [the Tree of Forgetfulness]. A gorgeous tribute to both her parents and the land they love.”
—Booklist

Praise for Alexandra Fuller:
“Fuller is a brave writer who pushes the boundaries of her genre.”
—The Telegraph
 
“A classic is born in this tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey [Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight]. . . Fuller’s book has the promise of being widely read and remaining of interest for years to come.”
— Publishers Weekly

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Electrifying…Writing 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.”
(Michiko Kakutani, THE NEW YORK TIMES )

“Ten years after publishing Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, Alexandra (Bobo) Fuller treats us in this wonderful book to the inside scoop on her glamorous, tragic, indomitable mother…Bobo skillfully weaves together the story of her romantic, doomed family against the background of her mother’s remembered childhood.”
(THE WASHINGTON POST )

“Another stunner… The writer's finesse at handling the element of time is brilliant, as she interweaves near-present-day incidents with stories set in the past. Both are equally vivid… With "Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness" Alexandra Fuller, master memoirist, brings her readers new pleasure. Her mum should be pleased.” 
(CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER )

“Fuller's narrative is a love story to Africa and her family. She plumbs her family story with humor, memory, old photographs and a no-nonsense attitude toward family foibles, follies and tragedy. The reader is rewarded with an intimate family story played out against an extraordinary landscape, told with remarkable grace and style.”
(MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE )

“[Fuller] conveys the magnetic pull that Africa could exert on the colonials who had a taste for it, the powerful feeling of attachment. She does not really explain that feeling—she is a writer who shows rather than tells—but through incident and anecdote she makes its effects clear, and its costs.”
(THE WALL STREET JOURNAL )

“[A]n artistic and emotional feat.”
(THE BOSTON GLOBE )

“An eccentric, quixotic and downright dangerous tale with full room for humor, love and more than a few highballs.”
(HUFFINGTON POST )

Product details

  • File Size: 3337 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (August 23, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IYISJ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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