Herman Wouk is Still Alive Art
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Herman Wouk is Still Alive

Herman Wouk is Still Alive Art

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November 2015

After winning $2,700 on a lottery ticket, long-time friends Brenda and Jasmine rent a Chevy Express for a road trip back to their hometown along with their 7 children. Approaching from the opposite direction are two aging poets and former lovers who are on their way to a paid appearance at the University of Maine. The lives of all the characters soon intersect in a climatic ending.

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('Taco Paco')
Hired to work at the On The Run Store. Had a little mustache
(Freddy's father)
Brenda did not know who he was, as she was drunk and taking many partners at the time she fell pregnant
(Hertz girl)
Told Brenda a Chevy Express seats nine
(King)
Enslin had once made love on a balcony to a King and movie star 'at pretty much the same time'
(lovers)
Enslin had lovers of both sexes
(man)
Jasmine's first partner after Mitch Robicheau
(man)
Jasmine's second partner after Mitch Robicheau
(man)
Rushed up after the crash
(Manager)
Of the On The Run store. He hired 'some Taco Paco'
(movie star)
Enslin had once made love on a balcony to a King and movie star 'at pretty much the same time'
(woman)
Rushed up after the crash and took a picture with her cell phone
Donkey
Character in 'Shrek'
Shrek
Character in 'Shrek'
?, ?
Father of Freedom, Brenda's daughter
?, ?
Jasmine and Tommy's mother. Stood by while her husband raped Jasmine. Lives in Mars Hill
?, ?
Pauline Enslin's first husband
?, ?
Pauline Enslin's second husband
?, ? ('Mr. Romance')
Jasmine and Tommy's father. Married, he raped Jasmine when she was 15. He'd had a vasectomy beforehand, which lead Jasmine's mother to comment she had nothing to worry about. Lives in Mars Hill
?, Brenda ('Brennie')
Grew up and went to High School in Mars Hill and lived in Sanford, Maine. Fat and poor, she felt her life and that of her children were caught in an eternal socio-economic trap. After winning $2,700 on the lottery, she rented a Chevy Express and took a road trip with her friend Jasmine and their children. Mother of Freddy, Glory and Freedom. She'd lost her job at Quik-Flash when it went bust. She drove a van off the I-95 near Fairfield, Maine at high speed one day in September 2009, killing all inside
?, Freddy
Son of Brenda. His mother did not know who his father was. Killed in the van crash in September 2009
?, Freedom ('Free')
Baby daughter of Brenda. Killed in the van crash in September 2009
?, Glory
Daughter of Brenda, she was prone to complaining. Killed in the van crash in September 2009
?, Jack
Owner of the Roll Around, which went broke in September 2009
?, Tim
Brenda's last partner before she died. He left her six months earlier (about March 2009)
?, Tommy
Jasmine's brother. Killed by an IED while serving in in 2008. His parents received $80,000 compensation
Enslin, Pauline ('Paulie')
Born 1933 or 1934 - 75 years old, skinny, wears glasses and lives in Queens. She'd been married twice and had lovers of both sexes but no children. 'The New York Times' had once described her as America's greatest living female poet. In September 2009 had stopped with her friend and former lover, Phil Henreid at a rest area on I-95 near Fairfield, Maine while on the way to a poetry festival; and witnessed the crash in which Brenda, Jasmine and their children died
Fiona, Princess
Character in 'Shrek'
Henreid, ?
One of Phil's five children
Henreid, ?
One of Phil's five children
Henreid, ?
One of Phil's five children
Henreid, ?
One of Phil's five children
Henreid, ?
One of Phil's five children
Henreid, Mrs
Phil's first wife
Henreid, Mrs
Phil's second wife
Henreid, Mrs
Phil's third wife
Henreid, Philip ('Phil')
Born 1930 or 1931. 78 year old poet, skinny, wears spectacles and has arthritis. Broad-shouldered and foul-mouthed when he was young, he originally came from Brooklyn. He'd been married three times, had five children between the marriages; and suffered two heart attacks. Won the National Book Award for 'Burning Elephants' in 1970. In September 2009 had stopped with his friend and former lover, Pauline Enslin at a rest area on I-95 near Fairfield, Maine while on the way to a poetry festival; and witnessed the crash in which Brenda, Jasmine and their children died
Higgins, Mike
In high school Brenda let him cop a feel of her behind metal shop
Morrison, Van
Mentioned in passing
Rich, Motoko
Wrote an article in 'The New York Times' about Herman Wouk
Robicheau, Delight ('Dee')
Jasmine's fourth child, six months old when she died. Born February or March 2009. Killed in the van crash in September 2009
Robicheau, Eddie
One of Jasmine's older children, he was enrolled in school when he died. Killed in the van crash in September 2009
Robicheau, Jasmine ('Jas') ('Jassy')
Friend of Brenda, she lived in North Berwick, Maine but grew up and went to High School in Mars Hill. Fat. Her father raped her when she was fifteen, she married Mitch Robichaeu but eight years in September 2009 later she had four kids and had gone through two more men. She was on welfare but was employed part-time at Roll Around but was about to lose that job when it closed. Mother of Eddie, Rosellen, Truth and Delight. Killed in the van crash in September 2009 when she appeared to knowingly agree with Brenda that her friend should drive them both, with all their children, off I-95 near Fairfield, Maine
Robicheau, Mitch
Married Jasmine (probably in 2001) but they split up
Robicheau, Rosellen
One of Jasmine's older children, she was enrolled in school when she died. She was not very smart. Killed in the van crash in September 2009
Robicheau, Truth
Jasmine's third child. 3 years old in September 2009 (born 2005 or 2006). Killed in the van crash in September 2009
Stewart, Rod
A recording of him singing 'Maggie May' in French played while Enslin made love to a King and a movie star
Wouk, Herman
At 94 in 2009, he was to publish a book length essay the following year, 'The Language God Talks'. He had published 'The Caine Mutiny' (1951), 'Marjorie Morningstar' (1955), 'Youngblood Hawk','The Winds of War' and 'War and Remembrance' (the latter two made into TV miniseries). 'A Hole in Texas' was published when he was 89
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