Farewell, Aleppo: My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home


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Terra Nova Books
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6.0 X 0.38 X 9.0 inches | 0.54 pounds

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About the Author

It began with a three-year-old, her son Ariel, when Claudette Sutton realized the need she shared with parents like herself for an information source about services and activities for children in her hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since then, the newsletter she founded to meet that need has grown into an award-winning quarterly newspaper that has been expanding its scope and contribution to the local community for almost twenty years. That interest in children and families would surprise no one who knew the close-knit world of Syrian Jews she had grown up in, a people whose loyalty and concern for each other had helped preserve their culture over thousands of years and a twentieth-century transplanting across continents. It was an odyssey that had begun for the Sutton family on the day in Aleppo, Syria, when her grandfather decided that safety in the face of rising anti-Semitism required him to "export his sons," beginning with the oldest, Claudette's father, Mike. Decades later, when Dad asked her to "help me get my story down on paper," she was honored and eager. The interest in families that she had felt all her life and the experience as a writer nurtured since her first reporting job as a teen-ager now have come together in the creation of Farewell, Aleppo. With skill and passion, combining thorough research with multiple interviews and first-hand knowledge, Claudette tells both her own father's unique story and the captivating larger tale of how a people once battered by history have in the end survived and thrived.


A treasure of a book Bernard Kalb, former correspondent for the New York Times, CBS News, NBC News, and Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs"
Farewell, Aleppo . . . incorporates elements of history, religious struggles, pursuit of dreams, and the strength of kinship to create a stirring tribute to the foresight of Sutton s grandfather and the strength and perseverance of his offspring. Jeff Friend, Foreword Reviews"
Claudette Sutton takes the reader on a courageous journey as she tells the story of her father whose worlds changed with the winds of World War II. Elise Cooper, Jewish Book Council"
"A treasure of a book." -- Bernard Kalb, former NYT correspondent CBS News, NBC News, and Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
..". a stirring tribute to the foresight of Sutton's grandfather and the strength and perseverance of his offspring." -- Jeff Friend, Foreword Reviews