AOT #291: Alexandra Fuller Podcasts Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Alexandra Fuller, the author of the bestselling memoir Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, a New York Times Notable Book of 2002, and a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, reads from and discusses her new book Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness. A story of survival and madness, love and war, loyalty and forgiveness, Fuller’s new book is an intimate exploration of her family. In the end we find her parents, Nicola and Tim at a coffee table under their Tree of Forgetfulness on the banana and fish farm where they plan to spend their final days. In local custom, the Tree of Forgetfulness is where villagers meet to resolve disputes and it is here that the Fullers at last find an African kind of peace.