“[Lagnado writes] in crystalline yet melodious prose.” —New York Times
Lucette Lagnado’s acclaimed, award-winning The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit (“[a] crushing, brilliant book” —New York Times Book Review) told the powerfully moving story of her Jewish family’s exile from Egypt. In her extraordinary follow-up memoir, The Arrogant Years, Lagnado revisits her first years in America, and describes a difficult coming-of-age tragically interrupted by a bout with cancer at age 16. At once a poignant mother and daughter story and a magnificent snapshot of the turbulent ’60s and ’70s, The Arrogant Years is a stunning work of memory and resilience that ranges from Cairo to Brooklyn and beyond—the unforgettable true story of a remarkable young woman’s determination to push past the boundaries of her life and make her way in the wider world.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lagnado's "The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit" was her first memoir and focused on her father and her family's exile from Egypt, where she was born. This new book is about her mother, a brilliant gentle soul whose love of French literature and civilization could not withstand life in 1970s New York City. As in her first book, Lagnado's shimmering prose magically brings the past alive, but her mother's story is even more heartbreaking than her father's, especially in the last years when her fading mother falls into the clutches of uncaring doctors and nursing homes. Lagnado's heroic efforts to preserve her mom's dignity and personal freedom is compelling--and this beautiful memoir should be read alongside Jane Gross's "A Bittersweet Season" to get a full and depressing idea of what the future holds for all of us.
I loved it and I also love the author, she writes so vividly and with precise details. I also enjoyed the other book The Man in the White Sharskin Suit. I a, looking forward to her other books.
Not all that different from young women not matter where they were brought up. The author is not as unique as she thinks she is.
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