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Farewell, Aleppo: My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home Paperback – October 1, 2014
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Sutton merges the best of family biography with relevant and fascinating historical, social, and religious knowledge. Farewell, Aleppo is much more than a recounting of her family's story. Incorporating elements of history, religious struggles, pursuit of dreams, and the strength of kinship to create a stirring tribute to the foresight of her grandfather and the strength and perseverance of his offspring, Sutton... provides information into political and cultural stress points between Middle Eastern Jews, Muslims, lending insights into current situations in the region. - Foreword Reviews
Claudette Sutton takes the reader on a courageous journey as she tells the story of her father, whose world changed with the winds of World War II... a story of how people are shaped by their past... a must read for anyone who wants to explore this rich culture that many people do not know very much about. - Jewish Book Council
A multi-faceted biography of her father and his long-ago journey from ancient Aleppo to skyscraper America--and against that background, Claudette Sutton offers us not only the story of the vanished Syrian-Jewish culture in Aleppo, now a battleground in Syria's civil war, but also a look at how that culture still survives, still nourishes Syrian Jews now living in America. A treasure of a book.
- Bernard Kalb, former correspondent for the New York Times, CBS News and NBC News; author.
About the Author
It’s no coincidence that family is the central focus of Farewell, Aleppo. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in the close-knit community of Syrian Jews all were part of Claudette Sutton’s childhood in suburban Maryland. Claudette’s eloquent writing and journalism have been a door to the world for her since she was a teen-ager. Over her life, and through conversations with her father, she built a deeper understanding of the Jewish exodus from Syria that has formed the backdrop for the story she tells so movingly in Farewell, Aleppo.