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The Arrogant Years

Lucette Lagnado

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In the follow-up to her beloved, bestselling The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, Lagnado tells the story of her mother, Edith, coming of age in a magical old Cairo of dusty alleyways and grand villas. Then Lagnado revisits her own years in America—as a schoolgirl in Brooklyn's immigrant enclaves, where she dreams of becoming the fearless Mrs. Emma Peel of The Avengers, coming of age in the turbulence of New York City's 1970s, and, later, as an "avenging" reporter for some of America's most prestigious newspapers. Not only a searing account of strangers in a strange land, The Arrogant Years is a lasting "meditation on exile and assimilation, feminism and the enduring ties of family." (San Francisco Chronicle)

Publishers Weekly Review

Jun 06, 2011 – Lagnado's tenacious, long-suffering Cairene mother, Edith, is the focus of this lyrical if long-winded second family memoir, after The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit. Raised mainly by her own mother in the close-knit yet diverse Jewish neighborhood of Sakakini in Cairo when her father deserted them in the late 1920s, Edith was educated rigorously in a French-speaking school patronized by the pasha Cattaui and his wife, infused by a passion for literature early on, then became a well-respected teacher—a rare achievement for girls in Egypt at the time. Edith's beauty attracted a wealthy older man about town, Leon, prompting illusions of aristocracy and romance in both Edith and her mother, which were sadly not realized. Indeed, the "evil eye" seemed to have dogged the family from Cairo to New York, where they were forced to migrate after the Egyptian revolution in 1952; displaced to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, by 1964, the family disintegrated amid straitened circumstances. The youngest, the author, nicknamed Loulou, exercised her incipient sense of injustice by testing the sexist boundaries of her neighborhood synagogue, the Shield of Young David. She modeled herself on the daring, beautiful Emma Peel in The Avengers and managed to attend Vassar and Columbia, and became an investigative journalist. Her memoir is a fully fleshed, moving re-creation of once-vibrant Jewish communities.
The Arrogant Years
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Sep 06, 2011
  • Publisher: Ecco
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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