Lucette Lagnado is the author of the critically-acclaimed Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, a memoir of her Egyptian-Jewish father; in this much-anticipated new memoir she explores the world of her Egyptian-Jewish mother Edith. She is also the coauthor of Children of the Flames: Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz. She is a senior special writer and investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She resides with her husband, Douglas Feiden, in Sag Harbor and New York City.
"Beautifully written... A great personalized telling of Egypt's complicated history in the last half of the 20th century." -- Fareed Zakaria "Like Andre 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