Farewell, Aleppo

Farewell, Aleppo

by Claudette Sutton

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BN ID: 2940150315068
Publisher: Terra Nova Books
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 165
File size: 668 KB

About the Author

t’s no coincidence that family is the central focus of both Farewell, Aleppo and the work that has been the driving force of its author’s professional life.

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in the close-knit community of Syrian Jews all were part of Claudette Sutton’s childhood in suburban Maryland, along with her parents and siblings. Years later, as a young mother in Santa Fe, it seemed only natural to think of creating a similar kind of close support for families in her new hometown by means of her journalism training and experience.

Thus began what is now Tumbleweeds, an award-winning local publication that for almost twenty years has been expanding its role in serving the city’s families. As the quarterly newspaper has grown, so have its scope and community contributions, mixing news, commentary, personal writing, advice, and activity guides—all reflecting Claudette’s vision of a community resource to help her neighbors face the challenges of parenting.

That start as an editor and publisher arose out of a need she saw back in 1991, as her three-year-old son was entering preschool. Sutton’s response to that need was creation of The Tot’s Hot News, filled with events, articles, listings, and services aimed at parents like herself. And as both Ariel and the newsletter grew, it morphed into the broader Tumbleweeds publication, which has been aimed since then at families with children of all ages.

Claudette's eloquent writing, honored recently when the National Federation of Press Women chose her Tumbleweeds column as the country's best, is the other great strength she combines with the paper's wide-ranging utility. It has been a door to the world for her since she was a teen-ager and realized that being a reporter meant, "You can learn about everything"—a much more appealing option after high school than the enforced specialization of college.

After three years writing for the Montgomery County Sentinel in Maryland, the big city beckoned, and Claudette moved to New York, where she earned a bachelor’s degree from the New School for Social Research. Living in proximity to another side of her extensive family, 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.

The narrative chronicles her father’s youth, his odyssey across oceans and continents, and the new life he made in America. But as Claudette

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