Paula Jacques has been praised for writing novels that explore the flaws and longings of Egyptian Jews. Born Paula Abadi, Jacques immigrated to Israel with her family in 1957, but after three years on a kibbutz, she left for France, where she settled in Saint-Étienne. From 1967–1971 she served as cultural director of La Comédie Jean Dasté, a local theater, then joined Radio France Internationale as a reporter. By 1975 she was hosting her own radio talk show. With her first novel, Lumière de l’oeil, published in 1980, she caught the interest of critics for her ability to create sympathetic but flawed characters who both echoed and resisted Jewish stereotypes. Her novels have garnered both high sales and positive reviews, and Deborah ou les anges dissipés won the 1991 Femina Award, while Gilda Stambouli souffre et se plaint was honored with both the Book Award of the Europe 1 radio network and the Baie des Anges Prize in 2002. Her most recent book is Au Moins il ne pleut pas in 2015. As of 2017 she continues to host the radio talk show Cosmopolitaine for France Inter.
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