The Sun at Midday: Tales of a Mediterranean Family

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Ecco Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 226 pages
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For Gini Alhadeff, there was rarely a difference between feeling at home and feeling foreign. Born to an Italian family in Alexandria, Egypt, she lived in places as far-flung as Cairo, Khartoum, Florence, and Tokyo; raised Catholic, she did not learn of her Sephardic Jewish roots until she was living in New York in her twenties. In The Sun at Midday, Alhadeff traces her unusual ancestral history, seeking the source of her chameleon-like skills of adaptation. Through the reminiscences of family members--among them cousin Pierre, a worldly priest and celebrity confessor who recalls the sumptuous lives of Alexandrian ex-pats, and her uncle Nissim, now a gynecologist in Queens, who survived the horrors of the Holocaust--she unearths a wealth of rich and strange stories. Woven together with exhilarating prose, they form an uncommonly affecting memoir of a family whose past defies summation, and of Alhadeff's own life both in it and apart from it.

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Journalist Alhadeff's unusual memoir reveals a woman struggling to understand her multilingual, multicultural heritage and, in turn, to define herself. Using events in her own life as well as those of ... Read full review

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This is the author's story of how she found out about her Sephardic Jewish roots. The stories told by her family are very interesting. Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Gini Alhadeff was born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Italian parents, and left with her family in 1956, at the start of the Suez Canal crisis. In 1961, the family moved to Tokyo and there, at the Sacred Heart, she learned English. At 15, she entered the Poggio Imperiale boarding school in Florence. After graduating, she studied fine art and photography at Harrow, England, and at Pratt Institute in New York. She worked at The Museum of Modern Art, did translations from Italian and French into English, and was employed by two designers in Milan before becoming a freelance writer, a features editor at American Elle, and founding the literary reviews, Normal and XXIst century in New York.

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