Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, And Then There’s The Dog

by Rossandra White on Mar 18, 2016 in Biographies & Memoirs, Featured via Best Books
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Rossandra White’s compelling memoir takes the reader from her childhood, early marriage, and motherhood in Zambia, to emigration to the United States at the age of 22. Her story reflects fierce and evolving cultures and the changing landscapes of women’s roles from the turbulent apartheid era to the 21st Century and her newfound independence. This is a story about the power of choice in shaping a woman’s identity and forging a meaningful life.

The story opens when Rossandra finds a cryptic, hastily-written note on the kitchen counter from her American husband. “Gone to Mexico, Adios.”  He returns weeks later, offering few details about where he went. This sequence of events has played out before.  But this time is different. A subsequent confluence of crises rattles Rossandra’s core, shedding light on the dark elements of their marriage.

In South Africa, land of her birth, Rossandra’s brother, whose physical and mental disabilities have stricken her with a lifetime of guilt, needs her help, and she answers the call. She returns to California where her dog Sweetpea, who for years has served as a vital emotional link between Rossandra and her husband, has begun to succumb to a fatal illness.

About the author:

Rossandra White, a fourth generation South African, spent the first twenty-two years of her life in Zambia where she ran around barefoot, learned to tell a log from a crocodile, and whistle through her tongue. She emigrated to America, married the American man of her dreams and moved to Laguna Beach, California where she wrote Monkey’s Wedding and Mine Dances, two YA novels based on her childhood. And then her world fell apart when her marriage unraveled, along with a crisis back home in Africa and the worsening health of her beloved dog. Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, and Then There’s the Dog, her memoir, resulted as a way to heal the past and face the future. She still lives in Laguna Beach, California with her two Staffordshire Bull Terriers with whom she hikes the hills and fights for space in her bed.

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