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Tales From the Dew Drop Inne Paperback – January 21, 2012
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About the Author
A New Englander by upbringing and inclination, Kenneth Weene is a teacher, psychologist and pastoral counselor by education. Having retired to Arizona, where he lives with his wife of forty-five years, Ken took decided to fulfill a childhood passion and become a writer. Ken's poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous publications - both print and electronic. Tales From the Dew Drop Inne is Ken's third novel, following Memoirs From the Asylum and Widow's Walk. With two other novels and a novella waiting in the wings and a movie script currently under construction, Ken feels more creative now then he has ever been.
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I was immediately taken in ... the Dew Drop Inne reminded me of a bar up in Delavan, Wisconsin back from my younger days. It was a small dump, and that is being nice. However the people who frequented it were real. They weren't upper-class, probably not even middle-class, but they all had something in common--Alcohol had consumed their lives and was the one thing their lives depended on. They all had their own stories, but when you got them all together, they formed a family, dysfunctional as all get-out, but still a family.
Sal, the owner and bartender, is "neither jovial nor talkative", but an Irishman through and through. His favorite saying is "Yous want a drink?" Continue reading and you'll see he actually does have a personality and a so-called love life.
Ephraim has somewhat of a talent; he can strum a guitar and almost has a singing voice. Mostly he likes to drink.
Jonny is the local pool shark--even if he only beats the other drunks in the Dew Drop.
Cal is the narrator of this story; just like everyone in the bar he is from somewhere else and loves a beer and a shot. His `somewhere else' is Des Moines and he wants to go back there someday; he's saving little by little and hiding it in a manila envelope.
There are other regulars and Cal will introduce you to them and their stories. Some of these stories are believable, some aren't. But as the saying goes, these are their stories and their sticking to them.
This was an enjoyable read from an author who has three novels to his credit and many, many more short stories. I find myself smiling anytime I read something by him.
Do yourself a favor and invest a few bucks into this book and lose yourself to the charms of The Dew Drop Inne.
His portrayals are true and vivid, and I found this book as appealing as his previous book about the inmates of the asylum. Dew Drop patrons provide a good read and the book is worth buying, either in print or by e-book. I read the Kindle version from Amazon.
Jean Rodenbough, fellow (sister?)ATTMP author of Rachel's Children: Surviving the Second World War and other books available on Amazon.
This is a story I think everyone will be able to relate to and enjoy.
I do believe there is a place like The Dew Drop Inne, in every town.
I can't wait to read more books by Kenneth Weene.
From the first story, Tales From the Dew Drop Inne, captured my interest, so much I couldn't put it down. I had to know more about this small group of patrons of this local bar. Each one produced a deeper insight into their psyche yet did so in such a entertaining style. You fell in love with some, others' not quite so much, which only added to the read.
Full of surprises, creative and unique personalities, this book will perhaps open your eyes to look deeper into the heart of a stranger. For all of us can and will relate to the characters. You've met some in your own life, no doubt.
Any book that makes me think and holds my mind long after I've finished the book is well worth a 5 Star Review. A wonderful gift for any reader. Bravo Mr. Weene. Well done.
Monica M. Brinkman,
Author, The Turn of the Karmic Wheel
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ISBN 13: 978-09847215-8-0
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