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Gabriela and the Widow by Jack Remick (Spotlight, Giveaway)
Gabriela and The Widow is the story of Gabriela, a 19 year old Mexican woman who migrates north (to El Norte) where she meets a dying 92 year old woman, The Widow.
The novel is their story.
Through the intimate bond of a companion and benefactor, Gabriela reconciles the painful experiences of her youth as she is reshaped by the Widow, La Viuda. Together, day after day, night after night, La Viuda immerses Gabriela in lists, boxes, places, times, objects, photos, and stories, captivating and life-changing stories. It seems Gabriela is not just hired to cook and clean; she has been chosen to curate La Viuda’s mementos while taking care of the old woman’s failing health. “As you grow thick, I grow thin,” says the widow, portending the secret of immortality that will overtake both women.
I’m a novelist, a poet, a short
story writer, a screenwriter. I’ve been a musician (piano, violin,
composition), a bus driver, a social worker, a university instructor. I speak a
couple of languages other than English. Early on, I traveled a lot but now I
don’t like to get too far from home. Home is the room I write in. I’ve spent a
lot of time in Latin America. It turns out that a lot of my writing focuses on
South American themes and ideas. My latest novel, Gabriela and The Widow features a 19 year old Mexican woman who
takes the hard trip to El Norte where she becomes the caregiver for a 92 year
2. Describe your desk/workspace.
It’s a mess. It is always a mess.
When I finish a novel or book I try to clean up some of the muck but I look at
each paper and tell myself that I know where it is and if I file it I lose it. So
I don’t file it. There are stacks of print-outs and copies of finished work. On
the desk there are three computers, two printers, two backup drives (I’m
obsessive about saving files so have never lost a byte…) and a separate flash
drive for storing each project. I guess
you’d call it “creative chaos”. The
value of computers is that everything there is orderly. Everything is defined
and easy to find so I don’t worry about the physical chaos. In this, computers
are salvation. But be sure to keep a couple of external backup drives…you never
3. Do you have a favorite quote?
“When not writing I get weird.”
4. What are you currently reading?
In the last few months I’ve been
engrossed in the new erotica that women writers are pumping out. There’s a real
revolution going on there—women taking control of the language, taking control
of their sex lives, rebelling against all the “don’t does” of prim and proper.
I just read “Sex and Death in the American Novel” by Sarah Martinez. I just
read a couple of Madison Montgomery’s erotic novelettes with her sexy
protagonist, Virginia Templeton. On the other side, I’m reading older Don
DeLillo novels such as Falling Man.
There’s a lot to learn from DeLillo. It’s hard to stay current. I also continue
to read in the heavy world of C.S. Peirce, Carl Jung, and Claude Levi-Strauss.
They keep my mind on target—story, myth, how the brain works.
5. What is the best advice you've
Thom Gunn, the poet who wrote My Sad Captains told me once, when I was
imitating every poet who ever went before me, that if I lived in another man’s
universe it would always be smaller than the one I could create myself. That
bit of advice kick started my creative writing mind. I took it to mean that I
should build on the past, stand on the shoulders of giants but not let them
limit who and what I could be.
6. If you could have coffee with
anyone (living or dead, real or fictional), who would it be and why?
Hmm. I wrote a poem a while ago,
“Chief Architects of the Modern World” that begins:
These are the big guys
The big guys who figured it all out
Figured out what glues one rock to the planet
Figured out why the Milky Way spins
Through time and space leaving no trail
The “Big guys” I refer to are
Archimedes, Newton, and Einstein. So I guess my answer would be Archimedes. He
was so close to understanding integral and differential calculus that if the
Romans hadn’t killed him, Columbus probably would have flown to the New World.
I’d like to talk to Archimedes, to have him tell me what he was thinking.
7. What are your top three favorite
books and why?
They’re not all novels, if that’s
what you mean but right now I’m thinking a lot about Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Atwood is a seer who reads right into the
heart of civilization. I also spend a lot of time in Claude
Levi-Strauss’s Mythologiques because
a writer needs to have a solid understanding of anthropology and myth. Finally,
Lynn Margulis’s Acquiring Genomes is
a terrific book that helps me see how Life (with a capital L) isn’t defined
solely as human. Very humbling to think that the bacteria in your body have
been there from the beginning.
8. What was your favorite book as a
child and why?
To be honest with you, I don’t
remember any books from my childhood. Music was my art from the time I was 5. I
played the piano early but I don’t remember learning to read either words or
music. My reading life really didn’t start until I was in high school where I
discovered Albert Camus’s The Stranger and
Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil. Of
course I didn’t understand Camus, Nietzsche or Existentialism until later, but
they were foundation authors for me.
9. What would you say is your most
interesting writing quirk?
Quirk? Being a writer is quirky in a
culture that worships glitz and media superstars. You think about it—sitting
alone in a room with your only friend a computer and a printer stirring up
worlds of imaginary creatures and making them talk. Yeah. Being a writer is
about as quirky as it gets.
10. Do you write full-time or
My writing consumes my life so I
guess I’ll say full-time. By that I mean my days are structured and organized
around writing. Just about everything I do feeds into the writing. You can’t
spend twenty hours a day at it because you have to eat and shop and even
sometimes talk to other people—my wife insists on having dinner together every
11. If you could do anything in the
world, what would it be and why?
Tough question because it’s a big
wide world full of all kinds of challenges. Right now the practical thing would
be to find a way to think books into existence without having to write them on
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Author Jack Remick joins the 2013 World of
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The World of Ink Network will be touring
author Jack Remick’s contemporary women’s
literary novel, Gabriela and The Widow
published by Coffeetown Press throughout
January and February 2013.
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