Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Excerpt & Giveaway: OLD BUILDINGS IN NORTH TEXAS by Jen Waldo


OLD BUILDINGS
IN NORTH TEXAS
by
JEN WALDO

  Sub-genre: Literary Fiction / Dramedy
Publisher: Arcadia Books
Date of Publication: April 1, 2018
Number of Pages: 213


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After rehab, Olivia, a 32-year-old cocaine addict, is required to move back in with her mother and pregnant sister. Having left a promising career in journalism in New York, she’s now working as a sales assistant for a family friend in her home town in North Texas.

Under pressure from her court-mandated counselor – an old high school friend - to take up a hobby, Olivia decides on "urbexing." Soon she’s breaking into derelict homes, ex-prisons, and old drive-ins across North Texas, and it’s not long before she’s looting state property and making money off the possessions, fixtures, and fittings that have been left behind.

Old Buildings in North Texas is about a modern woman’s search for personal equilibrium and wild adventure -- the attempt to find stability in existence without losing sight of what makes life worth living. Jen Waldo’s style modulates effortlessly from domestic nuance to taut adventure, tackling social and moral transgressions with incisive observation and vivid humor.

PRAISE FOR OLD BUILDINGS IN NORTH TEXAS

“A lot of Jen Waldo’s debut novel takes place out on the porch of Olivia’s mother’s house. […] With its casual, confidential tone, Old Buildings in North Texas puts the reader in one of those porch chairs, reclining on a warm evening with a cool drink.” -- The Skinny

Old Buildings in North Texas is an amusingly written and well worked book” -- Trip Fiction

“This novel is an absolute blast. There are serious moments of course, but Jen Waldo looks for the comedy in everything to create a memorable scenario that reminded me very much of the style of Six Feet Under.” -- Shiny New Books



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OLD BUILDINGS IN NORTH TEXAS
BY JEN WALDO

These days my paycheck goes straight into my mother’s hands rather than into the hands of various friends; and by friends I mean dealers. In an effort to avoid the humiliation of bankruptcy, and also because she believes that honorable people meet their financial obligations, Mom sits down with me weekly and goes over my finances, meticulously allocating and writing out checks to all the people I owe. Most of the debt is medical—eight hundred for the ambulance, twelve thousand to the hospital, thirteen thousand to the rehab facility.  Also there’s about ten thousand in unpaid credit card debt and a couple of thousand I borrowed from friends.  Debt is an insurmountable wall between me and my future. 

Mom also organizes my doses of medication into small click-top containers, doling them out daily, not even able to trust me with my own stupid pills. Her fingers are thinner than they once were and the blue veins on the back of her hands are more prominent, but she is still youthful and strong, still in complete charge of her world. 

          I wasn’t the only one who used.  I didn’t know a single person who didn’t amp on a regular basis. Co-workers, friends I went out with, people I saw occasionally, people I saw every day—they all used. Now I’m forbidden to communicate with any of them. Am I resentful? Hell yes. Why did this happen to me and not Mary, who won’t even get out of bed until she has, as she puts it, found her center; or Erik, whose feet haven’t touched the ground in five years? Why does one person fall hard when another doesn’t stumble at all?


Jen Waldo lived in seven countries over a thirty-year period and has now settled, along with her husband, in Marble Falls, Texas. She first started writing over twenty years ago when, while living in Cairo, she had difficulty locating reading material and realized she’d have to make her own fun. She has since earned an MFA and written a number of novels. Her work has been published in The European and was shortlisted in a competition by Traveler magazine. Old Buildings in North Texas and Why Stuff Matters have been published in the UK by Arcadia Books. Jen’s fiction is set in Northwest Texas and she’s grateful to her hometown of Amarillo for providing colorful characters and a background of relentless whistling wind. 

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October 2-11, 2018
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