Jean Naggar was born in Alexandria, Egypt, where her mother's parents lived. She grew up in Cairo, attended the Gezira Preparatory School and then The English School in Heliopolis before going to Roedean School in England, for her high school years.
After graduating from London University Jean (Mosseri) Naggar met and married Serge Naggar, the "boy next door" and followed him to New York City where she has lived ever since. A voracious reader all her life, she wrote poetry which was published in The Listener and Athanor, and translated several books from French into English. She founded the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency in New York City in 1978.(see www.JVNLA.com)and is responsible for bringing many best-selling and iconic writers to the attention of the reading public, happily sharing her reading passions with the world. She is a former president of AAR (Association of Authors' Representatives) and has been sought after as a speaker at events around the US. Mother of three adult children and grandmother of seven, she is at last exploring her childhood dream: to write.
Her articles and reviews have been published in the New York Times, the Village Voice, and Publishers Weekly. She has most recently been a blogger for the Huffington Post and a guest blogger on many sites of Jewish interest and of interest to writers. Links to her articles and blogs can be found on her personal website: www.jeannaggar.com Also, check out her blog on the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jean-naggar
Born into a prominent, sophisticated Jewish family who spend time in Europe and live in the Middle East, author Jean Naggar’s coming of age memoir tells the story of her protected youth in an exotic multicultural milieu. To Naggar her childhood seemed a magical time that would never come to an end. But in 1956, Egyptian President Nasser’s nationalizing of the Suez Canal set in motion events that would change her life forever.
An enchanted way of life suddenly ended by multinational hostilities, her close-knit extended family is soon scattered far and wide. Naggar’s own family moves to London where she finishes her schooling and is swept into adulthood and the challenge of new horizons in America. Speaking for a different wave of immigrants whose Sephardic origins highlight the American Jewish story through an unfamiliar lens, Naggar traces her personal journey through lost worlds and difficult transitions, exotic locales and strong family values. An award-winning finalist in the Autobiography/Memoirs category of the 2012 International Book Awards, the story resonates for all in this poignant exploration of the innocence of childhood in a world breaking apart.