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About the Book

THE ARROGANT YEARS is the extraordinary follow-up to THE MAN IN THE WHITE SHARKSKIN SUIT, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, hailed by the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW as a "brilliant, crushing book."

The author of the award-winning The Man in the White Sharkskin Suithailed by the New York Times book review as a crushing, brilliant bookreturns with this, the extraordinary follow-up memoir

In The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, Lucette Lagnado offered a heartbreaking portrait of her father, Leon, a successful Cairo boulevardier who was forced to take flight with his family during the rise of the Nasser dictatorship, and of her familys struggle to rebuild a new life in a new land.

In this much-anticipated new memoir, Lagnado tells the story of her mother, Edith, coming of age in a magical old Cairo of dusty alleyways and grand villas inhabited by pashas and their wives. Then Lagnado revisits her own early years in Americafirst, as a schoolgirl in Brooklyns immigrant enclaves, where she dreams of becoming the fearless Mrs. Emma Peel of The Avengers, and later, as an avenging reporter for some of Americas most prestigious newspapers. A stranger growing up in a strange land, when she turns sixteen Lagnados adolescence is further complicated by cancer. Its devastating consequences would rob her of her arrogant yearsthe years defined by an overwhelming sense of possibility, invincibility, and confidence. Lagnado looks to the women sequestered behind the wooden screen at her childhood synagogue, to the young coeds at Vassar and Columbia in the 1970s, to her own mother and the women of their past in Cairo, and reflects on their stories as she struggles to make sense of her own choices.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061803673
  • ISBN 10: 0061803677
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - US
  • On Sale: 24/04/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • List Price: 35.00 AUD
  • BISAC1: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

Arrogant Years by Lucette Lagnado

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