Magical memoir

 
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller follows her critically acclaimed memoir, Let’s Not Go to The Dogs Tonight.
 
In her new novel, Fuller tells a sweeping and personal story of her parents’ lives and love story as colonial farmers in Africa from the 1930s to 1994.
 
Both of Fuller’s books capture her family’s personal eccentricities, triumphs, and tragedies, juxtaposed against the slow and painful decline of colonial Africa.
 
Her Scots-English parents moved to Africa in the 1930s to make their fortune. Fuller  extravagant, eccentric mother always reminded her children that she and her friends were not part of the scandalous “Happy Valley” set known for hard drinking and adultery. Instead she liked to fill her childrens’s heads with the glories of former colonial days. 
 
Fuller also tells her parent’s love story. Fuller poignantly describes how her parents gradually grow older, and her mother’s horrible bouts of depression. But, through it all her parents remain brave, in love, and resolute. This is a wonderful story about passion. Fuller captures her parents’ dedication and love for each other, Africa and way of life.
 
Fuller writes eloquently. Although her parents’s choices are not her own, she understands and respects their zeal. Her amusing family antidotes, colourful characters, and delicious prose made this book hard to put down.
 
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter’s night.
 
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A lyrical summer read

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor is a mystical tale, set in a fictional post-apocalypse Africa. The future is still haunted by some of the same horrific problems of violence, rape, war, and superstition that plague the continent today.

 
Who Fears Death tells the story of a young woman born out of rape and violence. She uses her “supernatural powers and strength of character to show her peel a better way. Nnedi Okorafor’s writing is at times almost poetic. The situations she places her characters in could be ripped from today’s headlines. She skillfully interweaves the story of an awkward young woman’s coming of age with a commentary on violence, war, systematic rape, racism, and mysticism. The result is compelling and unforgettable. This is a young writer to watch. Who Fear’s Death is available this June, just in time to take to the beach!

 

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