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Unsent Letters to my Mother. By Adriana Páramo. ISBN 978-0-915745-23-4.
It took me over ten years to give Unsent Letters to My Mother its present form. The harder I worked on the manuscript, the more elusive its final presentation became. At first, I thought I was writing a denunciation of the plight of Indian laborers in the kingdom, a version that underwent its own cycle of revisions and iterations. In a different incarnation, I alternated the criticism of the social inequality in Kuwait with a linear account of my life there. This version left me grossly unsatisfied as I wanted to cover more ground, to go deeper and share my journey as a wife as well as “the other woman.” This desire to be more personal on the page led me to rewrite the manuscript into an epistolary that although intimate lacked the cultural element, my experience as a teacher of young Kuwaiti girls, the socio-political nuances of an emerging country desperately fighting for recognition and inclusion. I rewrote the book from scratch more than a dozen times. Naturally, all these constant rewritings left me exhausted. I put the book away for a few years, wrote and published another two, plus dozens of essays, some of which went to win awards. Two years ago, I started all over again, this time slowly, and perfectly at peace with the possibility that the manuscript would never leave my hard disk. I wrote this last iteration, almost to and for myself. I did it more than anything because I wanted to have it all tidied up so I could put my life in the kingdom into a single Word file called Kuwait and forget about it. As luck would have it, Floricanto Press deemed the story worth publishing and gave birth to it in its paper form.
Adriana and El Capitán