The Sun at Midday by Gini Alhadeff
Tales of a Mediterranean Family

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With a brilliant flair for narrative and language, Alhadeff spins a tale--both wildly humorous and deeply affecting--of her beguilingly uncommon family. 272 pp. 12,500 print.
 

About Gini Alhadeff

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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.
 
Published January 21, 1997 by Pantheon. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Nelly Tilche, Alhadeff's great-aunt, stays with Alhadeff's family and justifies her place with them by leading a crusade against missing and frayed underwear, searching, darning, and even speaking up for ``the disappeared.'' Alhadeff's cousin Pierre is a poor priest who drops the names of the ric...

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These engaging portraits of Alhadeff's large, wealthy family of Sephardic Jews sometimes seem to have been snatched from free associations.

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