Start reading The Wives of Marty Winters on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

The Wives of Marty Winters [Kindle Edition]

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

Print List Price: $15.00
Kindle Price: $9.99
You Save: $5.01 (33%)
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for free and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More

  • Length: 166 pages
  • Prime members can borrow this book and read it on their devices with Kindle Owners Lending Library.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $1.99 (Save 80%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $9.99  
Paperback $15.00  
Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2678 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Mud Flat Press (July 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,973,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Look at the words April 5, 2008
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Characterization and Detail March 9, 2008
Alec Clayton's third novel is not quite up to the overall impact of his first, Until the Dawn, but it is filled with good characterization and honest, vivid detail. A little too politically correct in places, it nevertheless develops Marty's emotional and intellectual journey from the 1960s to the present with admirable candor and sometimes luminous humor. The novel confronts many of the social issues of the last 40 years, such as feminism, gay rights, and antiintellectualism with insight and conciliation but never becomes didactic. There's uninhibited sexuality here, as well as jealousy and emotional longing to sear the imagination. I recommend this book, especially if you enjoyed Until the Dawn.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, irreverant March 9, 2008
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, wich quite a few laughs and some poignant loss, to boot, this is a great bet.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?

More About the Author

I'm a renegade Mississippian now living in the Pacific Northwest. My latest novel, Visual Liberties, is the final book the the Freedom Trilogy, which began with The Backside of Nowhere and was followed by Return to Freedom. It tells the stories of families thrown together by happenstance... and by a devastating hurricane. Beginning with: 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; a grocery manager, his alcoholic wife and troublesome teenage children; an evangelical preacher with an eye for young girls and college professor who seduces his students; a lesbian couple; an artistic genius with severe social limitations; and another artist who has escaped the art world and now lives as a hermit at a fishing camp.
Previous novels: Reunion at the Wetside is a murder mystery. Someone is killing all the drag queens at Barney's Wetside Pub. The Wives of Marty Winters, Imprudent Zeal, and Until the Dawn. Plus a book of art criticism, As If Art Matters.
I write theater and art criticism for newspapers in the Tacoma and Olympia, Washington.


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category