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I was really surprised that there were no existing threads for any of Alexandra Fuller's books. I have now read all four of her African memoirs and would highly recommend each and every one of them. Her latest is 'Leaving Before the Rains Come'. Much of it is still set in Africa, but, since it concerns itself primarily with the disintegration of her marriage, most of which was lived in Wyoming in the U.S., a goodly portion of the book, and its attendant commentary, takes place in the States. At first I didn't like it as well as her previous books. It seemed too polished. But within 30 or so pages I realized that what I was witnessing wasn't too much polish but the evolution of a very good writer into a great one! I really don't want to go into too much detail for fear my natural inclination to hyperbole might put off a potential reader. So I will suffice it to say that this book is insightful, funny, clever, interesting, emotionally wrenching, and deeply honest. And I would stack the writing itself, and the pacing and the structure, up against anyone I've ever read. I think everyone should read all of her books, but you do not need to have read any of her other work to be able to appreciate this book. 5stars!!!