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The Wives of Marty Winters [Kindle Edition]

Alec Clayton
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Gay rights activist Selena Winters is shot in the head while giving a speech at the Seattle Pride celebration. She is rushed to the hospital and a blood clot is removed from her brain. Family members gather to wait and see if she will ever regain consciousness. While Selena teeters on the edge of death, family conversations lead back to old conflicts and to memories of Marty's first wife, Maria, and his unreasonable obsession with her. The Wives of Marty Winters is a family saga covering half a century in the lives of Marty and his friends and family members.

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  • File Size: 2678 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Mud Flat Press (July 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XYFPFA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,264,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, irreverent August 3, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I live in Olympia, WA, one of the venues for this novel. I read other books set here (like Jim Lynch's The Highest Tide) with a little apprehension, but both Lynch and Clayton's novels deliver the flavor of the community in pleasing and authentic fashion. Wives is easy to read, moves along with a collection of offbeat, imperfect characters rendered with unsentimental affection by an author who delivers time and place (and the changes of his characters through time) credibly and immediately. If you'd like a return trip to high school, the hippie days, and a journey through an unusual life somewhat accidentally lived, with quite a few laughs and some poignant loss, to boot, this is a great bet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too late to be original. May 31, 2008
Format:Paperback
Everything I had intended to say about "Wives" has already been said by the previous reviewers. Rather than being repetitious, I shall simply cast my lot with them--particularly those reviews of Mr. Adam and Mr. Johnson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Look at the words April 5, 2008
Format:Paperback
The is the third of Alec Clayton's novels I have read; and while I can't say I always like his choice of topics, I do enjoy his writing style. His characters are vivid but above and beyond that, the settings are like scenes on a theater stage. He paints word pictures in all his work of something so simiple as a rustic roadhouse or as distasteful as hate crimes that can be so vivid the reader is compelled to read farther. No topic is taboo. His writing is candid. His outspoken characters passionately display what must be his personal convictions and in the midst of this, they are not devoid of a sometimes subtle humor in a well-placed situation or a simple pun. The Wives of Marty Winters is an escape from reality to reality and provides a venue for development of personal imagery. I encourage you to see for yourself.
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More About the Author

I'm a renegade Mississippian now living in the Pacific Northwest. My latest novel, Return to Freedom, is a sequel to The Backside of Nowhere. It tells the stories of three couples thrown together by happenstance... and by a devastating hurricane. The families are: a grocery manager, his alcoholic wife and troublesome teenage children; an evangelical preacher with an eye for young girls, and a lesbian couple.
Previous novels: Reunion at the Wetside is a murder mystery. Someone is killing all the drag queens at Barney's Wetside Pub. The Backside of Nowhere, is the story of a movie star who goes back home to the (fictional) bayou town of Freedom, Mississippi to be with his dying father. There he runs into an old girlfriend and an old enemy, the local sheriff. Trapped in a house with all of these people during a hurricane he is forced to confront hurts and lost loves that have festered for half a century .
Sounds dramatic, but it's loaded with humor.
My other books are The Wives of Marty Winters, As If Art Matters, Imprudent Zeal, and Until the Dawn.
I write theater and art criticism for newspapers in the Tacoma and Olympia, Washington.


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