You’re listening to Jewish Latin Princess, I’m Yael Trusch, welcome to the show! Monday, October 22, 2018. It is such a busy time of year for me I can’t even begin to tell you. All super fulfilling projects and I can’t wait to share what’s in store but for now, just one little thing that I can share is that I spend a lot of my time lately coordinating Houston’s Friendship Walk which is Friendship Circle’s annual walk to raise awareness about children and adults with disabilities and their families and to raise funds for the wonderful work Friendship Circle does for these families. If you’d like to support me on the upcoming walk you can make a tax deductible donation to houstonfriendshipwalk.com/yaeltrusch. And if you’re involved with Friendship Circle in your neck of the woods, let me know. I’d love to hear from some Friendship Circle fans out there.
Ok so enough about me, let’s talk about my guest… oh what a darling guest I have today. Mirta Inés Trupp – a fantastic writer, although she didn’t necesarily sent out to become a writer. In a short span of 6 years, she’s published 3 novels – one of them a memoir about her life as a Jewish Argertinean growing up in the United States.
Mirta, a second generation Argentinean, was born in Buenos Aires and immigrated to the United States as a baby. She had the unique experience and luxury to return to her native country multiple times a year all throughout her childhood and adolesence because her father worked for Pan American Airlines. Those trips, as well as the close knit relationship built between her family and other Argentinean immigrant families, ensured that Mirta remained very much an Argentinean. Although as she tells us, back in Argentina, her family considered her “the yankee.” And if this cultural mix wasn’t enough, of course, Mirta is also Jewish – a grandchild of Russian immigrants on both sides. So, what role did Judaism play in her life growing up? What was it like growing up with these three identities and in particular with a Jewish identity, which often came with mixed messages and many unanswered questions? And how come the characters in her books do not fit the stereotypical Jewish characters we encounter in most fiction writing.
Mirta’s work reveals her fascination with Jewish history and geneology, as well as with historical period drama a la Jane Austen. Her books are enlightening and refreshing at the same time. And as you will hear, so is she. Listen to how she’s grown in her knowledge and observance of Judaism, a Jewish book book that has been pivotal in her. We speak about Divine Providence, and about trying to do better than the previous generation, whilst not forgetting and honoring everything that they gave us. Here’s the lovely Mirta Inés Trupp.