Revolution & Romance Novel Set in Nicaragua and USA, 1970’s – 1980’s
The other day my KPFA colleague and fellow poet, Dennis Bernstein asked,
“So Nina, what are you writing? ”
I had to stop and think and switch from my radio producer mode to writer mode. One takes place in the outside world, specifically in the hallowed studios of KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California where a brilliant group of bustling people rush down the halls to record, to edit, and pause by the kitchen area to replenish The other takes place at home by the computer, or in bed with a notebook, or riding on BART in my own bubble scribbling on the side of an envelope. I see Dennis watching expectantly for an answer.
“Well…”. I say, “I am not writing much poetry since I just published the two volumes and am now working on promotion.”
“How’s that going?” he asks.
“OK,” I say with a friendly shrug. Dennis commiserates and moves on.
What am I writing? I am working on the final draft of my novel, Nicaragua Way. The beautiful cover (above) inspires me. A large oil painting by the great artist Anthony Holdsworth who is a plein air painter and goes through his life painting what he sees.
Nicaragua Way is about a Latina poet in San Francisco who becomes deeply engaged in the revolutionary struggles in Nicaragua and the Sandinista solidarity movement in the US. The story is set in San Francisco and Managua between 1974 and 1989, from pre-revolutionary days through the revolutionary triumph and the official end of the revolutionary project with the 1989 election defeat. Along the way the protagonist writes poems, raises a daughter, falls in love, fears menopause and empty nest blues, faces deaths, intrigue and passions.
Revolutionary Nicaragua inspired millions around the world, including me and it is from that hope for revolutionary change, and planetary justice that I write. Estuary Press will publish Nicaragua Way in 2014!
Stay tuned. More to come in future posts.