Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WOI Book Review: Gabriela and the Widow

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.

About the Book:
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. 

Overall Thoughts:
It's rare you come across a novel that has so much impact you can't turn off the story even after you have put the book down. This is how I felt after reading Gabriela and the Widow. Jack Remick does an amazing job of not only letting the reader get to know each character, but leaves just enough out for the reader to fill in or guess could be behind each action, thought, etc. 

The narrative captivates and when you slip off into dreamland at will only find yourself walking around inside the novel. The narrative flow is so rhythmic you are swept away within the first chapter, paragraph...sentence. 

This is truly a timeless novel and one many will enjoy, male or female, young or old. 

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

Places available for sale:
Gabriela and The Widow is currently available for pre-order on After January 15, 2013, it will also be available in multiple eBook and 6x9 trade paperback editions on, the European Amazons and Amazon Japan.

Wholesale orders can be placed through  Baker & Taylor or Ingram. Libraries can also purchase books through Follett Library Resources or Midwest Library Service.

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