House of Glass – Hadley Freeman in conversation with Lisa Appignanesi
Hadley Freeman talks about her exquisite and moving memoir, House of Glass, an exploration of assimilation, identity and home.
After her grandmother died, Hadley travelled to her apartment to try and make sense of a woman she’d never really known. Sala Glass was a European expat in America – defiantly clinging to her French influences, famously reserved, fashionable to the end – yet to Hadley much of her life remained a mystery.
By piecing together letters, photos and an unpublished memoir, Hadley brings to life the full story of the Glass siblings for the first time: Alex’s past as a fashion couturier and friend of Dior and Chagall; trusting and brave Jacques, a fierce patriot for his adopted country; and the brilliant Henri who hid in occupied France – each of them made extraordinary bids for survival during WWII. And alongside her great-uncles’ extraordinary acts of courage in Vichy France, Hadley discovers her grandmother’s equally heroic but more private form of female self-sacrifice.
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Hadley Freeman is the author of The Meaning of Sunglasses, Be Awesome and House of Glass and has been a Guardian columnist and staff writer since 2000, where she writes the popular Ask Hadley fashion column. She also contributes to Vogue. She lives in New York and London.
Lisa Appignanesi has been a university lecturer in European Studies and was Deputy Director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Her works of non-fiction include Freud’s Women (with John Forrester), a biographical portrait of Simone de Beauvoir, and a history of cabaret. She has edited The Rushdie File and a number of books on contemporary culture, as well as producing various films for television. Lisa Appignanesi lives in London with her two children.