The Arrogant Years - Lucette Lagnado

Lucette Lagnado’s 2007 memoir, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, was a narrative of her family’s wrenching exile from Nasser’s anti-Semitic 1960s Cairo, filtered through the lens of her dashing, charismatic father. Lagnado’s second memoir, The Arrogant Years (Ecco, $14.99), covers similar terrain, but from the point of view of her mother, who was something of a footnote in the first volume. This is a poignant story of immigrant Brooklyn, of summers at Brighton Beach, Ocean Parkway synagogues, and of the longing to belong. Vignettes about the author’s attempt to find a kosher meal at Vassar, and of her mother’s fierce embrace of her job as a clerk at the Brooklyn Public Library, give this book a rich emotional texture.

Lucette Lagnado’s 2007 memoir, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, was a narrative of her family’s wrenching exile from Nasser’s increasingly anti-Semitic 1960s Cairo, filtered through the lens of her dashing, charismatic father. Her extraordinary gift for storytelling left the reader with an almost proprietary attachment to the characters, particularly to her long-suffering mother, who was something of a footnote in that book. Lagnado’s new memoir, The Arrogant Years (Ecco, $25.99), fills in those gaps and much more, with a rich, vivid portrait of immigrant life in Brooklyn and of the author’s own excruciating coming-of-age, which included battling cancer.

The Arrogant Years: One Girl's Search for Her Lost Youth, from Cairo to Brooklyn By Lucette Lagnado Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061803697
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - April 17th, 2012

Pages