Friday, February 15, 2013

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.

ISBN: 978-1-60381-147-7
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: Coffeetown Press

Genre of Book: women’s literary fiction
Author’s Name: Jack Remick

About the Author:

Jack Remick is a poet, short story writer and novelist. In 2012, Coffeetown Press
published the first two volumes of Jack’s California Quartet series, The Deification and
Valley Boy. The final two volumes will be released in 2013: The Book of Changes and
Trio of Lost Souls. Blood, A Novel was published by Camel Press, an imprint of
Coffeetown Press, in 2011. You can find Jack online at

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A Few Interesting Facts about Jack Remick

1. Could you tell us a little about yourself?
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 old widow.

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 know…

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 ever received?
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 part-time?
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 night.

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 a machine.


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Author Jack Remick joins the 2013 World of Ink Virtual Tour

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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  1. Interesting interview. Really enjoyed it! This probably doesn't relate much to your site but I wonder if you can do a feature post on the site, ReadWave and perhaps the founders, Rob and Raoul?

    I would be very grateful if you could get back to me on my blog (the link is there if you click my name) or by email:

  2. Thank you for hosting Jack Remick and his book on our site. He is such an amazing writer and I really enjoy his books.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Virginia. I am sure the author will appreciate your compliment.

  3. Great interview. Remick is a writer's writer who shows us the way. The reading world is better because he writes.

    1. What a wonderful compliment for the author Arleen. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a wonderful comment.

  4. I did a workshop with Jack last year and learned a ton from it. Looking forward to reading more of his work.

    1. Another outstanding compliment for the author. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. Okay, I need to read this book. I need to read it badly. It reminds me at least in characters of a Doris Lessing book that I read years ago, Diary of Jane Sommers. Or, some such title. Okay, I want to buy a book. Queen Anne's new bookstore is opening next week, so I'll go ahead and order it and bring it to the table for your autograph....


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