ISBN 9788170463504,The Man with Many Hats

The Man with Many Hats


Jael Silliman


Seagull Books



Seagull Books

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9788170463504

ISBN-10 8170463505


Number of Pages 312 Pages
Language (English)

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To Rachel, exuberant Morris is larger than life--he fills her home in Calcutta with wonder and excitement. As Rachel grows up, glimpses of her father's tempestous spirit, womanizing and bullying reveal a darker side to his character. When her family falls apart, her childhood memories collide with new realities. Rachel survives her own tragedy and begins to reconcile the image of the father she knew with the increasingly lonely and tragic figure he has become.

She comes to terms with the complexity and totality of the man with many hats. The debut novel has the warmth and vibrance of both the City of Calcutta and its dwindling but vital Jewish community. The author handles the difficult issue of the father-daughter relationship with sensitivity, humour and painful honesty.
About the Author: Jael Silliman
Jael Silliman, born into the Baghdadi Jewish community of Calcutta, was educated at Loreto House in Calcutta, and later at a boarding school in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. She studied at Wellesley College and did graduate studies at Harvard University and the University of Texas at Austin and received her doctoral degree at Columbia University. She was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Iowa and a Porgram Officer at the Ford Foundation. She has published several books and articles, including Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames: Women's Narratives From A Diaspora of Hope. This is her debut novel.