Alexandra Fuller had an extremely unconventional childhood in southern Africa, which she describes vividly in her first bestselling memoir, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. A civil war raged, tropical diseases were common, dangerous hippos lurked in nearby waters, and her family had more than its fair share of tragedy. So when a dashing American river guide arrives on the scene and they fall in love, Alexandra believes he will save her from the unrelenting chaos of her African life. And he does -- until their marriage begins to fall apart. She chronicles how things disintegrated in her new memoir, Leaving Before the Rains Come.
Alexandra Fuller at KCRW