One of my newest favorite books! I listened to Lisette Lecat read this memoir in her authentic South African accent and enjoyed every word, even the tragic stories of loss--of the author's siblings, of the family farm in Zimbabwe. Fuller's parents are larger than life, like Africa itself; that ensures a colorful childhood if not always a comfortable one. For instance: as Fuller's parents are driving her to boarding school, they are stopped by the border patrol. The family doesn't have the expected bribe money, and the company spends a long time bickering about it. At last Fuller's mother, bored with the delay, brashly offers her daughter instead. "Take her!" she shouts, laughing. Fortunately the guards appreciate the joke, and the family is allowed to pass. The struggle for independence in Zimbabwe affected these European immigrants profoundly. Fuller's story illuminated for me what it's like to be a pioneer; how it feels to be considered an outsider in the country you call home; and the danger all around in a developing country.
Loved the narration! I listened to it in the car, and I didn't want to get out! I will look for other books read by Lisette Lecat.
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