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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Widow's Walk Blog Tour

Widow's Walk Blog Tour

with Author Kenneth Weene Widow's Walk Blog Tour

September 1-30

Join author, Kenneth Weene, on his blog book tour September 1-30 and learn more about him and his novel Widow’s Walk, a story of good people's struggle – sometimes successfully and often not – to deal with the challenges in their lives. The novel reflects how family, friendship, love, faith, and character affect that struggle. Take the time to leave comments along the way and you'll be entered in a drawing with a chance to win two different prizes.

  • The first giveaway is Kenneth Weene's poetry book which will go to a few different commenters.
  • The second giveaway is a copy of his book Widow's Walk to one lucky commenter

About Widow's Walk

Widow’s Walk is a story of faith and its effects on already flawed characters. Set in Boston in the 1980s, it is the story of Mary Flanagan and her children, Sean and Kathleen. Mary’s husband, Sean, Sr., died at the wheel of his M.T.A. bus. Her son, Sean, Jr. is a quadriplegic, injured on his way to a brothel in Vietnam; Kathleen, divorced and unable to have children, works and lives at a hospice that primarily serves AIDS patients; there she lives a mechanistically faithful life, but one devoid of belief. This unhappy family structure is erected on the bedrock stoicism of Mary’s Irish Catholicism. It is that faith which is tested, changed, and strangely reaffirmed over the course of the tale.

Two events upend Mary’s world. The first is her friend, Lois’s, move to Florida. The second is Sean’s decision to seek rehabilitation in a center in Minnesota – a decision initiated by Jem, a home health aide whose own life reflects a faith of care and service.

Mary finds herself looking for new meaning and direction in her life. In the process she meets two unexpected people, Arnie Berger, a college professor, an agnostic or perhaps deistic Jew, and love interest, and Pat Michaels, a minister, whose view of a joyous faith is much at odds with Mary’s rigid theology. She also moves into a housing share and becomes friends with Amelia Callaghan, the misanthropic house owner.

Sean’s life, too, is dramatically changed because he falls in love with and marries one of the aides at the rehab center. He returns to Boston married, employed and expecting their first child.

Given the remarkable changes in her mother’s and brother’s lives and influenced by Max, one of her dying patients and a man whose story and faith are powerful and unique, Kathleen also seeks love. She meets Danny, a young man tied to his overprotective mother and unable to deal with his own feelings of inadequacy.

Sadly, Kathleen and Danny’s relationship ends in disaster, rape, and abuse. Danny flees. In her own way, Kathleen does too; she becomes catatonic and dependent.

Mary unable to come to terms with her sense of guilt and responsibility towards her daughter – is powerless to keep those feelings from coming between her and Arnie.

In the end, Mary can not live with her unhappiness and dies of “the pain of her soul,” a diagnosis provided by the caregiver, Jem, who had originally encouraged Sean to make his momentous move. Mary’s death creates a strange psychological space in which Kathleen takes on her mother’s place in the world.

About the Author

A New Englander by upbringing and inclination, Ken Weene’s career – primarily in New York – included teaching, pastoral care, and psychology. Throughout his career Ken 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 Ken’s work, Songs For My Father, was published 2002. His novel, Widow’s Walk, has been published in 2009. Ken and his wife, Roz, now live in greater Phoenix where he spends much of his time writing.

He started writing, primarily poetry, in the 1980s. Regarding Widow's Walk, Weene says, "Stepping away from full-time work was the best decision I ever made. Writing this story has given me tremendous personal satisfaction, and it has shown me an avenue for expression I will always treasure."

If you haven't already read Widow's Walk, be sure to pick your copy up at Kenneth Weene’s Author Website - http://widows-walk.webs.com/.

Widow's Walk Blog Tour

with Author Kenneth Weene Widow's Walk Blog Tour

September 1-30

We are currently booking tour stops. If you are interested in taking part int this tour email us at virturalblogtours (at) yahoo.com

September 2 - Writers in the Sky http://yvonneperry.blogspot.com/2009/09/widows-walk-by-kenneth-weene.html – Interview

September 4 – Ascroft, eh? http://dianneascroft.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/widows-walk-by-kenneth-weene/ - Guest Post and Excerpt

September 7 – New Book Review http://thenewbookreview.blogspot.com/2009/09/religious-fiction-from-kenneth-weene.html - Review

September 9 – Astrology for Everyday-One Writer's Passion http://gooddaysnodays.blogspot.com/2009/09/blog-review-widows-walk.html - Review

September 11 – Katie Hines – Walking on Water - http://katiehines.blogspot.com/2009/09/meet-christian-author-kenneth-weene.html - Interview

September 14 - Xanga blog http://cce613.xanga.com/711963936/book-promo-widows-walk-by-ken-weene/ – Excerpt

September 16 – Marilyn's Musings http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/2009/09/widows-walk-by-ken-weene.html- Review

September 18 – The Nurse Mommy - http://www.thenursemommy.com/2009/09/guest-posting-about-faith-from-author.html - Guest Post

September 21 – The Book Connection http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2009/09/arnie-berger-from-widows-walk-by-ken.html - Guest Post

September 23 – Books and Authors http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2009/09/kenneth-weene-visits.html

September 24 -- Books and Authors http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2009/09/talking-with-kenneth-weene.html

September 25 -- Books and Authors http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2009/09/glimpse-inside-widows-walk-by-kenneth.html - Excerpt

September 26 – Books and Authors http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2009/09/widows-walk-by-kenneth-weene-review.html- Review

September 28 – Stories that Read You http://stevenbradley.blogspot.com/2009/09/widows-walk-by-ken-weene-story-that.html

September 29 – Across the Pond Blog Talk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/09/29/A-Book-and-a-Chat-Ken-Weene - 6:30 pm - Interview – The call in number is (347) 237-5398

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