It’s certainly no small task to write a book. It takes a lot of time and effort as well as determination. Our customer Claudette Sutton spent years researching and writing Farewell, Aleppo. The book was published in October, 2014 by Terra Nova Books and we created the “Book Trailer” for it. We toast Claudette for creating a moving and prescient book about her father leaving Aleppo, Syria for the United States. The past reflects the present in this great telling of a real tale.
FAREWELL, ALEPPO – Book Trailer
My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home
First Place winner of the New Mexico Press Women’s Award and the National Federation of Press Women’s Award (2015)
Farewell, Aleppo Synopsis:
In the middle years of the twentieth century, the fabric of society that had swaddled the Jews of Aleppo, Syria, for more than two thousand years was being rent apart by the powerful surge of Arab anti-Semitism.
To Selim Sutton, a merchant with centuries of roots in the Syrian soil, it was clear that his family must find a new home. With several young children and no prospect of getting enough visas, he devised a savvy plan for getting his family out: “exporting” his sons. For the oldest of them, Meïr —soon to be renamed Mike—thus began an odyssey that was to take him more than halfway around the world, to Shanghai where he survived the Japanese occupation throughout World War II, and then on to a new life in America.
It is a tale that his daughter, journalist Claudette Sutton, tells now in Farewell, Aleppo, a poignant narrative blending her family’s individual lives with the broader story of a people’s survival over millennia, in their native land and far away, through the strength of their faith and their communities. Multiple threads come richly together as she observes their world from inside and outside the fold, shares an important, and nearly forgotten, epoch of Jewish history, and explores universal questions of identity, family, and culture.
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