Best-Selling Author, Alexandra Fuller Discusses the Dangers of the Media Simplifying Her New Book into a Divorce Memoir on Maria Menounos' Book Circle Online

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Alexandra Fuller is the author of the NY Times best-selling memoirs, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness. She sat down with Jeffrey Masters on Maria Menounos' online broadcast network Book Circle Online to promote her new book, Leaving Before the Rains Come, and warned against simplifying her new book into a "Divorce Memoir".

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"So much of my stories are cautionary tales around not believing everything that your parents, your government, your schools, and your churches tell you." - Alexandra Fuller

Alexandra Fuller is the author of the NY Times best-selling memoirs, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness. She sat down with Jeffrey Masters on Maria Menounos' online broadcast network Book Circle Online to promote her new book, Leaving Before the Rains Come, and warned against simplifying her new book into a "Divorce Memoir".

On her new book being more than a divorce memoir:
"We've become used to bumpersticker ways of explaining ourselves to each other because we have a 140-character attention span...We're going to lose nuance if we do that. It also makes us less subversive if we're able to just slap a bumpersticker on it."

On growing up in a racist family in Zimbabwe, and fighting against that:
"So much of my stories are cautionary tales around not believing everything that your parents, your government, your schools, and your churches tell you."

On this book being a "love letter" to herself:
"This book becomes about a woman who realizes that she can't be prey to someone else's disappointment for the rest of her life. If I'm going to be in possession of my voice, I need to first be in possession of my mind, and I'm not going to be in possession of my mind if what has smothered my mind is the voice in my head saying 'You're not enough.'"

On her African identity being challenged because she is white:
"I'm constantly being challenged in a way that no one would dare challenge a black African woman... This is a story about letting go of that, all of that."

The full interview is available on iTunes, YouTube, and the Book Circle Online website: http://www.bookcircleonline.com/2015/02/07/alexandra-fuller-leaving-before-the-rains-come/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEkOTx1Qnvk
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/book-circle-online/id693897960?mt=2

About Book Circle Online:
Book Circle Online is the world’s first online network with shows dedicated to the intimate discussion and dissection of various books. BCO also features one on one author interviews, and engages fellow fans via social media. BCO can be seen on the website, on YouTube, or downloaded as a podcast on iTunes.

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