Since Cheryl Pearl Sucher married a New Zealander in 1999, she has been living between two worlds: the Greater New York City area and the Hawkes Bay of New Zealand, two places that are about as far apart on the planet as one can travel. Though she has often felt torn between her very different lives, she has also felt that her life experience and artistic vision has been enhanced by living as both an insider and an outsider in such different but extraordinary places. This interview series is born out her experience between these worlds, and as a published fiction writer, bookseller, journalist, memoirist and avocational musical traveler.
On February 1, Cheryl talks to Helen Epstein about her new memoir, The Long Half Lives of Trauma, the third of a non-fiction trilogy following Children of the Holocaust: Conversations with Sons and Daughters of Survivors and Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History, both widely translated. As Gloria Steinem wrote “in Epstein’s hands, truth becomes not only stranger than fiction but more magnetic.”
Born in Prague in 1947, Helen Epstein grew up in the Czech community of New York City. She attended Hunter College High School, then studied at CCNY for two years before transferring to and graduating from Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1970. She is a veteran journalist and author or co-author of ten books, including Children of the Holocaust, the first book on intergenerational transmission of trauma; Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History; and the biography Joe Papp: An American Life. All were named among the best books of the year by the New York Times. She is also the translator of Heda Margolius Kovály’s Under a Cruel Star. Born in Prague, she grew up in New York City and graduated from Hunter High School and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Her reviews and articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. She blogs for artsfuse.org, the Boston cultural website.
Cheryl Pearl Sucher is an award-winning journalist, essayist, reviewer and fiction writer who lives between Cranbury, New Jersey and the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Ka Hua E Wha: The Southernmost Jewish Community in the World, her contribution to Jewish Lives in New Zealand was published in 2012 by Random House NZ and she has been a frequent contributing book reviewer and feature writer for The NZ Sunday Star-Times and The NZ Listener. Her first novel, The Rescue of Memory, was published by Scribner so long ago she has forgotten the exact date and an excerpt from her second novel in progress, Lost Cities, was published in 2013 in Printer's Row, the Chicago Tribune's literary supplement. From July 2013 to April 2016 she was one of four presenter/interviewers for New Zealand Hawkes Bay Television's half hour interview program CHATROOM.