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The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit

A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

by Lucette Lagnado

On Sale: 07/01/2008

Price: $16.99

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit

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The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit

A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

by Lucette Lagnado

On Sale: 07/01/2008

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Price: $16.99

About the Book

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, is a memoir of ruin, recounting the exile of Lucette Lagnado’s Jewish Egyptian family from Cairo in 1963 and her father’s heroic and tragic struggle to survive his “riches to rags” trajectory. Lagando skillfully recreates the majesty and cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between WWII through Nasser’s rise to power. Set against the stunning portraits of Cairo, Paris, and ultimately New York City, this memoir offers a grand and sweeping story of family, tradition, tragedy and triumph in their epic exodus from paradise.

“Beautifully written. . . . A great personalized telling of Egypt’s complicated history in the last half of the 20th century.”-Fareed Zakaria

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Critical Praise

“Beautifully written.... A great personalized telling of Egypt’s complicated history in the last half of the 20th century.” - Fareed Zakaria

“Like André Aciman...she conjures a vanished world with elegiac ardor and uncommon grace.” - Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“[A] crushing, brilliant book…one final kiss from the Lagnados to their beloved city.” - New York Times Book Review

“This memoir of an Egyptian Jewish family’s gradual ruin is told without melodrama by its youngest survivor.” - The New Yorker

“The resilient dignity of Lucette’s family transcends the fiercest of obstacles.” - Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Lagnado gets to the heart of the modern exodus in a way only those who lived it can.” - Miami Sun Post

“Captivating…illuminates its places and times, providing indelible individual portraits...An exceptional memoir.” - Booklist (starred review)

“Excellent new memoir… One could praise Ms. Lagnado’s book for many things.” - New York Sun

“Full of emotion and longing, yet never sentimental, this lyrical memoir evokes a cosmopolitan Cairo.” - Jewish Woman

“Lagnado spares nothing in the retelling…in this tender and captivating memoir.” - The Oregonian (Portland)

“It succeeds especially as a... heartfelt elegy to the long-lost Cairo community of her youth.” - Library Journal

“Nostalgic but objectively tempered portrait of a family at the heart of social and cultural upheaval.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Beautifully written . . . rich with history and insight. Wonderful.” - Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LOVE

“A stunning achievement.” - Andre Aciman, author of OUT OF EGYPT and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

“A subtle and eloquent description of fatherly love and a mesmerizing portrait of a man shattered by the immigration experience.” - Marianne Pearl, author of A MIGHTY HEART

“Lagnado’s richly textured memoir is a loving tribute to a lost man and a lost culture.” - Reform Judaism

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060822187
  • ISBN 10: 006082218X
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 07/01/2008
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.829 in (d)
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price: $16.99
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / Middle East / Egypt (see also Ancient / Egypt)
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Jewish
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women