. . . a fascinating story about a childhood spent in an exotic land and a family life full of secrets.
. . . a bold and powerful voice something we could all learn a lesson from.
Rossandra White has written a captivating memoir that takes you from the jungles of Africa to the beaches of Southern California. Rossandra writes with heart and wisdom about being abandoned by her husband, dealing with unresolved issues from the past and her great love for her dog. An entertaining and ultimately uplifting book.
--Anita Hughes, author of "Monarch Beach," "Market Street," and "Lake Como"
The title Loveyoubye, captures in one word the dual themes woven with grace and agility throughout this magnificent memoir the universal and often simultaneous experiences of love and loss. As Rossandra White gathers up the pieces of her life at the culmination of a tumultuous marriage, she travels, in real time and in memory, from her childhood in Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia), to South Africa, to her adopted homeland in Southern California, and her portrayals of these journeys (and the loved ones she encounters along the way) are so clear-eyed, so perceptive and poetic, that we, the lucky reader, would happily accompany her anywhere in the world. And then there s the dog, whose impact on the author will captivate and move you as much as any human relationship in this entertaining, profound, uplifting book.
--Thomas White, author of "Wisdom of Sons"
Maybe in the best of all possible worlds, all you need is love, but, as White reminds us in her very affecting memoir, reality is much more complicated. Any woman who has stayed in a marriage, or relationship, longer than she should have, will see herself in these pages. Anyone with half a heart will be touched by White s guilt over a disabled brother left behind in South Africa when she came to America and whom she does her best to care for, long-distance. Then there s the dog, Sweetpea, a Staffie, love at first sight for White. No surprise that a woman whose formative years were informed by a baboon named Archie, a Vervet monkey named Jo-Jo, and a tiny pop-eyed nocturnal creature named Little One (not to mention the Staffies she grew up with) would find solace in the loving devotion dogs give best. And with it, the courage to move on.
--Deborah Batterman, Pushcart nominee and author of "Shoes Hair Nails""show more