Transcript for Author Gabriela Garcia talks about how ‘Of Women and Salt’ resonates with readers
We turn to our April "Gma" book club pick "Of women and salt" by Gabriela Garcia. The instant "The New York Times" best-seller resonating with so many readers reminding us immigrant stories are all of our stories. I got a chance to sit down with Gabriela. Take a look. It's the novel critics are calling a sweeping tour de force, Gabriela Garcia's remarkable debut. "Of women and salt" exploring the complexities of immigration through the stories of mothers and daughters. She hugged her daughter on the other side of the fence, on the U.S. Side. I wonder what does it feel like to hug someone through bars? Reporter: The roots of this family tree span five generations, four countries, two families. One is cuban-american and one is salvadoran and the ways their lives come together in unexpected ways and also just the historical forces, the family forces, the secrets that are there that shape all of these lives that they don't always necessarily see. You felt like this was a story that had to be told I imagine because it hadn't been told before. What did you want to get out of this book? There's like a very famous Toni Morrison quote where she talks about if there is a book you want to read that doesn't exist, you should write that book and I think, you know, growing up the daughter of a Cuban immigrant and Mexican immigrant in Miami, I never read a novel that sort of spoke to some of the complexities of my own experience. Reporter: From a Cuban cigar factory in the 1800s with Maria Isabel to contemporary Miami where Jeanette battles addiction and inside a Texas detention center in 2014 where we hear from Gloria, a detained mother desperate to protect our daughter Ana, their stories all intertwined. I do not want my child here, but I do not want her alone thousands of miles away. I want my child safe. If safe were a place, it would look nothing like any of the options. Reporter: A former migrant rights organizers she shines a light on women and children in detention at the center of a national conversation once again. But Garcia says this book is not about the current situation at the border. You bristle at this book being called timely. Why is that? To me it's sort of timely to who, you know. I started writing some of that during the Obama administration and, you know, deportations were ramping up, detention centers were being built all over the country. This issue has sort of always been timely to the communities most affected. Reporter: Their stories are American stories and Garcia says it's important to show there's not always a happy ending, that there's not one universal immigrant experience. I think what I'm most interested in are these individual characters and relationships and how, you know, the story develops between generations, stories that people are not even aware of about each other but that end up affecting their lives. Reporter: It's such an important story as we're talking about everything going on at the border for her to say that not one story about immigration reflects the stories of everybody that we see coming across the border and she really tells a powerful story, a narrative about women and their strength and it's worth the I recommend I had. They're different but still intertwined. "Of women and salt" coming up.
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