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Widow's Walk Paperback – August 15, 2009
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About the Author
A New Englander by upbringing and inclination, Kenneth Weene's career - primarily in New York - included teaching, pastoral care, and psychology. Throughout his career Kenneth has also been devoted to writing. His poetry has appeared in a number of publications - both print and web. He authored a number of professional publications. His short stories and essays have also been published. One of his short plays was recently workshopped. An anthology of Kenneth's work, Songs For My Father, was published 2002. Kenneth and his wife, Roz, now live in greater Phoenix where he spends much of his time writing.
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She first has a son, Sean Jr., and then a daughter, Kathleen, after which medically she should have no more children. Consequently, no more sex, which Sean Sr. accepts, but it changes him. In time Sean Sr. is killed in an accident; her son, Sean Jr., suffers injury in the Viet Nam war and returns home a quadriplegic. After a time he is released from the VA hospital to return home into Mary's care. Her daughter Kathleen loses a baby, can have no more children and her husband, John, abandons her.
In every moment of Mary's life, she relies on God and her faith to see her through, which gives her a martyr's strength that undermines her own resilience. She instills this sense of martyrdom into her son, Sean, and also into Kathleen, who wants to remarry, and perhaps adopt a child, but Mary lays it heavy on her that she is married for life and as a result Kathleen joins a Catholic hospice, lives there and settles for that.
Eventually Sean Jr. decides to enter a VA hospital for rehabilitation to teach him to utilize what little independent faculties he has and there he finds happiness with one of the female helpers. At this time, Mary is wallowing in self-pity because of how life has imprisoned her in nothing but disappointment. As the story says, "Mary wore a hair shirt of the Church."
Eventually Mary decides to educate herself, which opens a whole new world to her, apart from the Church. She is intelligent and eventually gives up going to Mass and enters a Presbyterian Church with a female minister who answers Mary's question with the principles of God's and Christ's love. Through the balance of the story, Mary is offered love, life, new opportunities, but falls back into her martyrdom when a member of her family suffers an event, for which Mary is not responsible.
The story has a rather surprising ending if the reader is expecting the usual happy one, but in real life, this could very well occur to one like Mary with such a background.
The author does a nice job of character building and for a male, certainly understands the nature of females. There were a couple of aspects that puzzled me. If Sean Jr. was in the Vietnam War, and at the youngest he would have been was 18 and that war ended in 1973, which would have put him in 2011 at age 56 and Mary about 74 now and the story is written in the present tense, it would be nice if somewhere in the tale there is a year designated so the reader can visualize Mary's age as she faces her challenges.
I enjoyed this story and would recommend it for those readers who enjoy character studies more than action tales.
The story moves along at a mild pace with many heart-warming scenes, so many in fact that I was waiting for the catastrophic events that surely would follow, after being lured into a feel-good mood of the story. And indeed, the very difficult and emotional events that seem to gather into stormy categories does follow, pulling me as a reader into them with a gasp. The skill of luring the reader into a page-turner of tragedy and joy shows Weene's ability to handle plot and action, after developing his characters fully enough that they almost walk off the page before I grabbed them and forced them back into the story. This book is worth a place on one's book shelf or e-shelf, where it remains available to return to time and time again.
Mr. Weene truly brings Mary to life in such a creative way that you can feel her pain! Her husband has died and her children left home. There is no one to fuss over. She is alone at age 63. But Mr. Weene has plans for Mary! A new man, Professor Arnie Berger, is waiting in her future!
Is it possible for a religious Catholic widow and a non-practicing Jewish divorced man to make a life together? YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. DO NOT PUT IT DOWN. KEEP SOME TISSUES NEARBY AND PRAY FOR MARY!
I am very proud to own this book. I purchased it through my college's textbook company. I keep it in a special place on my bookshelf so I will never forget all about Mary!
Faculty Member of Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Adult Education Program
Author of "Poetry Unplugged"(Outskirts Press.2008)
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