The Arrogant Years - Lucette Lagnado

Fans of excellent memoirs (and of Levantine Jewish history) will remember Lucette Lagnado from her bestseller, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: the story of her father’s imperious Syrian-Egyptian family and an elegy for their sparkling, vanished Jewish Cairo. In The Arrogant Years, Lagnado turns to her mother, Edith—the beautiful prodigy who read all of Proust by age 15, who grew up in the twisting alleyways of Cairo’s poorest Jewish ghetto, who was mentored by the king’s closest advisor. But this world of books and “happy arrogance” was shattered with Edith’s disastrous marriage and the family’s forced exile in the 1960s. The memoir’s second half is a poignant, thoughtful treatise on immigration, as Lagnado stumbles through her own girlhood among the insular Middle Eastern Jewish communities of Brooklyn.
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ISBN: 9780061803697
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Published: Ecco - April 17th, 2012