Gabriela Garcia, credit Andria Lo

The multi-generational story is one of the best-loved and most epic forms of fiction. In her debut novel, guest Gabriela Garcia beautifully executes a matrilinear story, and this week’s episode dives deep into questions of structure, legacy, voice, and centering women in fiction. Garcia’s Of Women and Salt is an extraordinary contribution to this literary form, and this insightful interview offers a glimpse into some of the considerations the author faced in the writing of the book.


Gabriela Garcia is the author of the new novel, Of Women and Salt. Her fiction and poems have been widely published in Best American Poetry, Tin House, Zyzzyva, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Steinbeck Fellowship, and multiple prestigious residencies and fellowships. She has an MFA in fiction from Purdue University, where she also taught creative writing. Gabriela is the daughter of immigrants from Cuba and Mexico, and currently resides in the Bay Area.

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