Man in the White Sharkskin Suit A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

ISBN-10: 006082218X
ISBN-13: 9780060822187
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Lucette Lagnado's father, Leon, is a successful Egyptian businessman and boulevardier who, dressed in his signature white sharkskin suit, makes deals and trades at Shepherd's Hotel and at the dark bar of the Nile Hilton. After the fall of King Farouk and the rise of the Nasser dictatorship, Leon loses everything and his family is forced to flee, abandoning a life once marked by beauty and luxury to plunge into hardship and poverty, as they take flight for any country that would have them. A vivid, heartbreaking, and powerful inversion of the American dream, Lucette Lagnado's unforgettable memoir is a sweeping story of family, faith, tradition, tragedy, and triumph set against the stunning backdrop of Cairo, Paris, and New York.

Prologue: A Courtship in Cairo-Spring 1943
The Captain Cairo, 1942-1963
The Days and Nights of the Captain
The Season of Apricots
The Lost Uncle
The Last Days of Tarboosh
The Prisoner of Malaka Nazli Street
The Essence of a Name
Alexandra in the Promised Land
The Arabic Lesson
The Lament of the Rose Petal Vendors
The Cure for Cat Scratch Fever
The Wayward Daughter
Last Call at the Dark Bar
The Exile Paris, and Then New York, 1963-1982
The Jewel Within
The Missing Birthday
The English Lesson
The Wrath of Sylvia Kirschner
The Hebrew Lesson
The Ballad of the Tie Salesman
Waiting for Elijah
The Captain at War
The House of Prayer
Olives
The Guardian of the Orphans of Jerusalem
Psalms for My Father
Epilogue: Cairo, Finally, and Again-Spring 2005
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography

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