In a Nutshell:
Published by Restless Books, a US indie publisher and written in 2009, Nueve Lunas in Spanish, this wonderful essay collection was translated into English in 2019 by Jessica Powell.
Each chapter is a month of Wiener’s pregnancy, she is from Lima, at athe time of writing the book, she was living in Barcelona with her husband, J.
The book charts the progress of her pregnancy, but she also talks about her childhood, gender, mother and daughter relationships, her relationships and her move from Peru-Spain.
A brilliant book, effortlessly (seemingly) translated by Jessica Powell. I won’t say anything else other than read the afterword.
Nine moons, nueve lunas, refers to pregnant women as pornographic fodder, “apparently pregnant women were a pornographic species in themselves, called “nine moons.”
“These days, a woman gets pregnant because the idea doesn’t disgust her. Though it does make her a bit queasy.”
“They say that the nausea is a response to the emotional black hole that comes with the knowledge that you’re going to be a mother.”
“When you’re far away, you miss out on the good and the bad things that happen to the people you love.”
Written by Gabriela Wiener
Translated from the Spanish by Jessica Powell
11/06/2020, Restless Books (Regan Arts)
#WITMonth for 2021 is curated by Jess Andoh-Thayre
I am 35, from London but currently living in Cambodia. I am married to a diplomat and we have been posted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and now Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Prior to meeting my husband, I had also lived in La Serena, Chile and Madrid, Spain.
I am a French, Spanish and English teacher, translator, avid reader and now blogger. When I am not teaching, reading and blogging, I love catching a brilliant sunset, swimming, cycling and hanging out with my husband and son.
Author: Gabriela Wiener
Gabriela Wiener is a Peruvian writer and journalist. She has lived in Spain since 2004.
Her first stories were published in the Peruvian narrative journalism magazine Etiqueta Negra. She was editor-in-chief of Marie Claire in Spain and now regularly publishes opinion columns in a variety of publications. She won Peru’s National Journalism Award for an investigative report on a case of gender violence. She recently wrote and starred in the play Qué locura enamorarme yo de ti (How Crazy to Fall in Love with You).
Translator: Jessica Powell
Jessica Powell completed her Ph.D. in UCSB’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, specializing in literary translation and twentieth-century Latin American Literature.
She has published dozens of translations of literary works by a wide variety of Latin American writers. Nine Moons was a 2021 Firecracker Award finalist.
Jessica lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her family.