Widow's Walk

Christian - Fiction
220 Pages
Reviewed on 05/11/2011
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Author Biography

Life itches and torments Kenneth Weene like pesky flies. Annoyed, he picks up a pile of paper to slap at the buzzing and often whacks himself on the head. Each whack is another story. At least having half-blinded himself, he has learned to not wave the pencil

A New Englander by upbringing and inclination, Kenneth Weene is a teacher, psychologist and pastoral counselor by education. He is a writer by passion.

Ken’s short stories and poetry have appeared in numerous publications including Sol Spirits, Palo Verde Pages, Vox Poetica Clutching at Straws, The Word Place, Legendary, Sex and Murder Magazine, The New Flesh Magazine, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Daily Flashes of Erotica Quarterly, Bewildering Stories, A Word With You Press, Mirror Dance, and The Aurorean.

Ken’s novels, Widow’s Walk and Memoirs From the Asylum, and Ken’s newest novel, Tales From the Dew Drop Inne, are all published by All Things That Matter Press.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

Widow's Walk is a well-written, heart wrenching story that deals philosophically, but not tediously, with thoughts about God and human goodness. Mary Flanagan, born Mary Riley in Ireland, is a devout Roman Catholic. Her husband Sean is dead; her son Sean is a home-bound quadriplegic from when he was wounded in Vietnam. Mary's daughter Kathleen serves in a hospice for the dying; her husband abandoned her when their baby died, and Kathleen was found unable to bear more children. Mary's relief from all this tragedy is her religious devotion. Then, Sean leaves home for rehabilitation far away, and Mary is forced to find a life of her own. Arnie Berger enters her life, Sean marries and fathers a child, and happiness seems to loom ahead until tragedy strikes again.

Widow's Walk could be one of the better religious novels coming out in recent years, but it needs structural reworking. Mary's transition from devoutly religious to an appealing woman ready to fall in love is too quick. She needs to get her life together at a slower pace, maybe taking a chapter just to think out where she's going. A little rewriting would really help this excellent story, but it is still a very good read.

Salvatore Buttaci

When we read books written by today's writers, it is always a pleasure to find the likes of Kenneth Weene, heads above so many authors. His books are well worth the purchase.