SOURCE: Author Jaime Mijlin

Author Jaime Mijlin

August 18, 2009 13:59 ET

Argentina Introduced to Readers of the Immigrant Experience Through a Poignant Memoir by a Philadelphia Author

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - August 18, 2009) - "Longpants and Other Short Stories of Growing Up on Two Continents" introduces the avid reader of the immigrant experience to Argentina. While other regions of the world have been featured in recent literary forays, Argentina can prominently be added to the list of international destinations with a beautifully written series of personal memoirs.

"Longpants" exploits the experiences of growing up as a poor, Jewish boy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then again when the author immigrates to the U.S. It consists of 30+ short stories, inviting the reader into a compelling series of intimate personal remembrances. The stories are a combination of special moments throughout his childhood, adolescent and adult life, reflecting the challenges and beauty of two distinct lands, each filled with the joy, wonderment and the suffering of daily life.

Argentina of the '50s and '60s was a rich and fertile country; however, the author's personal experiences forced him to leave family and country behind. The stories rotate between Argentina and the U.S., and are told against the backdrop of a suffering mother, alcoholic father, and the amazement of receiving the most basic of gifts on two continents. From his excitement at receiving a strip of bubble gum brought to him from the U.S., to the time he was able to buy his first car in New York... for only a dollar down... each story is told with humor, heartbreak, and longing. The cover story, "Longpants," is the author's hidden secret about his first sexual experience, and sets the stage for rites of passages on many levels.

About Jaime Mijlin

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Mr. Mijlin left for the U.S. at the age of twenty to practice architecture. While acclimated to life in the U.S. since his arrival, he never got over the contrast in cultures, and recounted his personal stories throughout the years to family and friends. It took a devastating diagnosis of Parkinson's disease to force him to abandon architecture, allowing him to focus on his dream of documenting the stories that contributed to his rich and colorful life.

To order a copy of the book, visit A book signing will be held October 1 at Head House Books in Philadelphia (619 S. 2nd Street) at 7:30 p.m.

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