Yitzhak Gormezano Goren and Yardenne Greenspan (translator); ALEXANDRIAN SUMMER; New Vessel Press (Fiction: Translations) 15.99 ISBN: 9781939931207
Byline: Kristine Morris
Sultry, seductive Alexandria is filled with secrets, seething resentments, and hidden tensions, and the Egyptian Jews who live there, though enamored of the city's charms, are coming to see that their lives are precariously balanced over a precipice. Alexandrian Summer is the story of two Jewish families clinging to their dreams of bourgeois luxury as they struggle to come to grips with a changing world in which they are no longer safe.
Joseph Hamdi-Ali converted to Judaism to marry his wife; he's a typical Middle Eastern patriarch and a jockey whose racing days are behind him. His eldest son, whom he has trained to take up the family profession, is struggling with the conflict between his father's need for him to be victorious on the racecourse and his own lust for women and fine food that is putting his career in...