Best-selling author Linda Habib talks about her book “Against the Glass”


Linda Habib. Photo courtesy of Linda Habib

Best-selling author Linda Habib spoke to Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about her book “Against the Glass”.

A lifelong passionate about learning, reading and teaching, Linda obtained a BA in English and an MA in Literature from Hunter College at the University of the City of New York and secured a position as an English teacher. in a rare group of girls. New York public high school of three hundred students, in Manhattan.

She had a thirty-three year career in New York schools, moving from Manhattan to the Bronx. Some of his favorite books to teach included Jane Eyre, Ethan Frome, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Bluest Eye, The House on Mango Street, and Things Fall Apart.

She eventually took on administrative roles as chair of the English department and deputy head of one of the Bronx’s largest schools, with 5,600 students. In this last post, she fondly recalls the delightful opportunity to accompany groups of students to 92nd Y Street in Manhattan, with a particularly enterprising teacher, to have monthly conversations and pizzas with authors, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to act as a liaison for the length of time the crew filmed scenes from Finding Forrester, about an aspiring writer and lone Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. The idea of ​​writing a novel reappeared where she was when she was a student of English. Where would she find the time?

Retirement. When she no longer had to deal with ice and snow on the move, she found staying home too much of a burden. Direction the beaches of Florida. The ice in the North has been replaced by the icy waters of the Gulf, the snow by the sugar-white sand, which she insists her brain still considers to be snow! The Gulf Coast had drawn her like the sea turtles born on these beaches.

Among her many volunteer experiences in Florida, she had the pleasure of working with Turtle Watch, a group that protects eggs buried deep in sea turtle nests in the sand.

She also pledged to dig up eggs, following strict Home Office protocols, after which they were transported to the east coast during the 2010 oil spill. The beach also brought back memories of summer childhood, sandcastle building and life on Staten Island. There are many ways to get home.

Book summary

When Candy’s ability to create a legacy is torn away, can she rise above her suffering and forge a new path?

New York, 1966. Candy Krzyzanowski, 19, thinks she can have both a marriage and a career. But she falls in love and gets pregnant, only to be devastated when the father, a local

football hero, force to illegally abort. And when the dangerous procedure leads to an emergency hysterectomy, she wakes up sterile and abandoned.

Struggling with depression knowing that her family’s lineage will end with her, Candy swears to go beyond the conventions of society and become a pioneer of her own future. And as she sets out to fulfill her dream of supporting women, she is determined to overcome abusive teachers, tumultuous personal relationships, and the painful guilt that won’t let her go.

Will she triumph in a world dominated by men and finally learn to forgive herself?

Against the Glass is an emotional historical novel. If you love women’s literature with inspiring heroines, journeys of self-discovery, and windows to the past, then you’ll love the skillfully painted tale of Linda M. Habib.

All great books have a story, and “Against the Glass” is certainly outstanding read. What inspired you to write this book?

There were several sons involved here: my childhood fascination with scallops, my love for The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli and my admiration for early advocates of women like Mary Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvoir and Betty Friedan. The scallop, I finally learned, has been a symbol of fertility around the world since ancient times.

The Birth of Venus exudes fertility in its imagery and title. And the early feminists, if they are called that, recognized the impact of women’s reproductive capacity on their status. I weaved all of these ideas into my novel through my protagonist. Of course, some of my own experiences have played a role.

Candy Krzyzanowski is a strong and quite extraordinary character, who goes through a lot in this epic story. Did you conjure her up with your creativity and wit, or did you base some aspect of her on someone you know? Or was it a bit of both? It was definitely a bit of both!

Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire’s dance partner, said women do everything men do, but inside out and in high heels. (At the cafe, Serendipity, Candy orders an A High Heel Pump sandwich from the fancy menu.) While I don’t think women are victims, I think the world is harder for them. So much is expected of them and they are achieving it in so many ways. They are not necessarily pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen. They can be agents of their own autonomy, whatever it may be for each of them. Candy is such a character, pieces taken from literary and real women.

One of my favorite literary characters, who has developed a voice over the course of the novel, is Janie Starks from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. The opening scene, if I remember correctly, where young Janie is stung by a bee, with her boyfriend nearby, inspired me to make Candy a budding entomologist.

In many ways, in “Against the Glass,” New York City is also a character in the book. This is a very beautiful aspect of the book. How did you feel about including this iconic city in your work? Where was your favorite place to write?

My grandparents had moved to Manhattan; both my parents, myself and my children were born there. It’s in my DNA. There are so many things I love about New York and its history. When I decided to write a novel, I wanted to include it in a meaningful way. When Candy had an important moment, I tried to think of the best scene in New York to use as a backdrop.

I used the experience and memory, but also some wonderful stories from NYC that my son had given me. It was a joy to write them down. Trying to pick a favorite place is like trying to pick a favorite kid! But my answer goes to Caffè Reggio for its history, its link with Italy, the Renaissance, in particular the Medici. It’s authentic, and I went there with my grandfather and my daughter.

A good story relies on setting, descriptiveness, and captivating raw energy, all put together to make the reader effortlessly turn the pages. Your book includes them all, which one of the keys you find is essential to enter the writing zone?

Once I establish my characters, and describe where I think they are going, I like to visualize them and inhabit their skin, just as I imagine actors could. I play all the roles. I dream about it, even while walking or doing crazy chores. It can be exhausting, irritating, but creativity is invigorating. I think it brings the characters to life.

‘Against the Glass’ was such a hit with readers and critics alike. Do you have another book in the works that you can tell us about?

I’m sure your fans are dying to know. I am delighted to reveal that I have a new idea. It will be the criminal justice system. The protagonist I am currently envisioning is a female therapist in prison, a strong and empathetic woman. The working title is “Remember to Say Goodbye”. I can already see some of the other characters, through a dark window.

“Against the Glass” is available on Amazon by clicking here.


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