Friday, May 15, 2015

Would You Rather with Eleni Gage

Please welcome Eleni Gage, author of The Ladies of Managua.

Eleni Gage:


ELENI N. GAGE is a journalist who writes regularly for publications including Real Simple, Parade, Travel+Leisure, The New York Times, T: The New York Times Travel Magazine, Dwell, Elle, Elle Decor and The American Scholar. Currently Executive Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings and formerly beauty editor at People, Eleni graduated with an AB in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University and an MFA from Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two young children.

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Would You Rather... 
with Eleni Gage

Chips, chocolate or cheese?

Can I get you all to throw in a baguette? If so, cheese. (No bleu varieties, please—not even gorgonzola. You can swap those out for chocolate or quince paste or nuts, making my happiness complete.)

Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw?

Carrie Bradshaw; I think she had the most fun of the three, although I'm adamantly not Team Big.

Wine, beer or vodka?

Wine, every time. Red in winter, rosé in summer. Ideally to be drunk while watching the sun set into the ocean.

Camping or spa vacation?

Water or mountains?

My family's Greek, so I'm used to having both. And my husband's from Nicaragua (where my latest novel is set), so I'll need you to throw in a volcano option as well, please.

Zombies or vampires?

Vampires. Ideally in New Orleans, but I'll settle for Transylvania if I must.

Dogs or cats?

People. Then cats.

Coke or Pepsi?

Coffee or tea?

Chai tea, ideally in a clay cup that you throw on the ground when you're done. (Doing so on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi is the high point of my tea-drinking experience so far).
Dine out or take away?

Dine out! The second glass of wine doesn't count if you're not pouring it yourself.
High heels, sneakers or flip flops?
Wedge sandals (keep in mind, I'm only five feet tall).

Physical Book or ebook?

Physical book! What does an ebook smell like?!

Paperback or Hardcover?

Paperback left behind in a hotel room by a previous traveler.
Pen or pencil?

Refillable fountain pen.

Mad Men, Downton Abbey or Breaking Bad?

Mad Men, but not the season that focused on Don's childhood during the Depression. 
Drama or comedy?

Both. Life is a dramedy.

Twilight or Hunger Games?

Neither. This is where I'll take Downton Abbey.

Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick?

I hate to be difficult, but as a former beauty editor: lip stain.
Facebook or Twiter?

I know it ages me, but: Facebook.
Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants?

Plot the next scene, pants the rest.

The Ladies of Managua

Three generations of Nicaraguan women struggle to find each other and the loves they have lost.

When Maria Vazquez returns to Nicaragua for her beloved grandfather's funeral, she brings with her a mysterious package from her grandmother's past-and a secret of her own. And she also carries the burden of her tense relationship with her mother Ninexin, once a storied revolutionary, now a tireless government employee. Between Maria and Ninexin lies a chasm created by the death of Maria's father, who was killed during the revolution when Maria was an infant, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother Isabela as Ninexin worked to build the new Nicaragua. As Ninexin tries to reach her daughter, and Maria wrestles with her expectations for her romance with an older man, Isabela, the mourning widow, is lost in memories of attending boarding school in 1950's New Orleans, where she loved and lost almost sixty years ago. When the three women come together to bid farewell to the man who anchored their family, they are forced to confront their complicated, passionate relationships with each other and with their country-and to reveal the secrets that each of them have worked to conceal.

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