Rattled my teeth Scraped my bones Cleaned the webs out of my sloppy attention to living Terrifies me this jagged chasm of loss so deep there is no sky, moon or stars Deeply grateful for this book. When her father becomes gravely ill on holiday in Budapest, Alexandra Fuller rushes to join her mother at his bedside, where they see out his last days together and then carry his ashes back to their farm in ZambiaA master of time and memory, Fuller moves seamlessly between the days and months following her fathers death She contends with his overwhelming absence, and her memories of a childhood spent running after him in southern and central Africa She then faces seemingly irreparable family fallout, new love found and lost, and, eventually, further unimaginable bereavement Bursting with pandemonium and tragedy, here is a story of joy, resilience and vitality, from a writer at the very height of her powers I ve read all of her books and am a huge fan of her memoirs Don t Let s Go To The Dogs Tonight is one of my all time favorite books I received this new one this morning and had it finished by dinner As with her other books, she writes with such unflinching honesty and rawness, and isn t afraid to expose her own weaknesses and mistakes while dealing with the death of her beloved father and the enormous void left, as well as her own grief Of course there s a lot of her family s trademark humor and craziness, which proves useful in times of tragedy and suffering, and somehow yet again makes you laugh and cry at the same time I loved her portrait of her father, and felt this book was a beautiful tribute to a man who lived and loved large, and played by his own rules I could honestly read never ending stories about her family because they are endlessly fascinating and entertaining I highly recommend this beautiful book. Alexandra Fuller books are my favorites Her memoirs I have found myself re reading them a ridiculous amount of times She s honest, genuine, articulate and the most skillful communicator I ve ever read.I am fascinated with her family and see something of myself in her mother That s not flattering I suppose but it makes me laugh when I read about her.I understand the loss, the fear, the humorwe have nothing and yet everything in common I suppose that s why I love to get lost in her writing. Very moving Beautifully written Her writing and story telling is compelling Highly recommended, particularly for anyone who loves Africa Up there with her other books Looking forward to reading her next work. Thank you Alexandra Fuller for this book and for your honesty and courage I laughed and I cried I felt your words so strongly as I am grieving the recent loss of my own wonderful crazy parents My Mum and I shared a great admiration for your work Please Keep on keeping on it really is all we can do.