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4.64 of 5 stars 4.64  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Mary Flanagan, caught between her sense of religion and obligation on one hand and her very human desire for love and life on the other, is in emotional limbo. When she meets Arnie Berger, who becomes both her lover and philosophic guide, Mary's world seems to be transformed. Changes also come for Mary's children, who have been trapped in their own dilemmas. Sean, a quadri ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published August 15th 2009 by All Things That Matter Press
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Jen Knox
I read this book in three days, which is fast for me. I found it a stunning piece of fiction. Weene has created believable, charismatic and utterly confused characters who stumble around large philosophical questions, possibly even finding an answer or two.

Written in the present tense, Widow's Walk achieves the difficult balance of urgency and character-driven action possible with this technique. With deft humor and unexpected turns, universal dilemmas and unique perspectives, I believe Widow's
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Timothy Stelly Sr
Ken Weene’s story Widow’s Walk is a slowly unfolding trek that gives us a look at an Irish matriarch named Mary Flanagan, whose belief in God remains steadfast even after she loses her husband, is emotionally separated from her enigmatic daughter, and then loses her quadriplegic son to a cross-country move, before she becomes enamored with a man whose idea of a Godhead is pessimistic at best.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Mary is lonely. After the loss of her husband, her daughter (Kathleen)
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Julie Weinstein
The book opens with Mary, a widow who takes on the burden of nursing her son, Sean who came back from the Vietnam War both mentally and physically shattered. Mary wears her despair like a badge and shield. It’s what she knows and is all consuming as she shuts herself off from the world. But Mary does change slowly through her children. Her son, Sean finds a feisty caregiver, Jem who challenges his core view of himself and questions if he wants a life, one that’s independent. The very notion Sean ...more
Sheila
I read about this book online and was delighted when the author offered to send me a copy for review. Kenneth Weene’s background in teaching, pastoral care and psychology means he brings a lot of authenticity to this tale of a Catholic widow, torn between religious obligation and a longing for life. And my “mongrel Christian” background, which includes Catholicism, ensured that the subject matter would appeal to me.

In the opening scenes, Mary Flanagan is introduced as a mother caring for her qu
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Becky Allen
Widow's Walk is an emotion book about one woman's search for meaning in her life. Filled with questions on religion and moral dilemmas the novel keeps you at the center struggling to come to a correct decision just as the characters are. The end of the novel takes a tragic turn just as you believe that everything will turn out fine for the characters.
Well written, this novel is hard to set down, the voice pulls you into the action of the story. The sexual topics in the novel are handled with gr
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Monica M.
Sep 25, 2010 Monica M. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Honestly, everyone
Written in the first person, a challenge to any author, I found Mr. Weenes' Widows Walk to be the best work of fiction this reviewer has read in years. From the moment you enter into the world of the pious, self-disciplined Mary Flannagan, you are spellbound. The articulation and clarity of character, the perfection of adjectives along with the perception into the very essence of our divorced mother of two, ring true.

Not giving away the story, I must say that Mary Flannagan has the strength and
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Steve Lindahl
I loved the ways that the power and the failing of religious faith are explored through the characters in Widow’s Walk. Mary Flanagan and her children, Sean and Kathleen, face overwhelming problems. Sometimes their faith gives them the strength to work through those problems while at other times their faith compounds their problems. Other characters throughout the story are led to lives of charity or of bigotry by the different way they deal with their own spiritual beliefs. I found this explora ...more
Jesse Hanson
Widow's walk is a very well written story concerning the clash of a deeply pious life of service and self negation with the notion of self-liberation and life fullfillment. Mary Flanagan's character is a treasure and one that will not be forgotten.
The novel is full of hope and despair. I found the beginning and the ending to be especially intriguing.
Recommended.
Micki Peluso
Widow's Walk by Ken Weene is one of my all time favorite books.It's the type of book that I would read again. His characters stay with the reader long after the story ends and one tends to become attached to them on an emotional level.

Micki Peluso
Michael Burns
Clear, concise prose--blistering indictment of psychic stranglehold of Catholic Church on one poor lost soul.
Kenneth Weene
Oct 22, 2009 Kenneth Weene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Since I'm the author it reflects my wrestling with faith and the meaning of life and love.
Oana
A great book about life, death and what's in between. I loved it!
Philip
Interesting, engaging.
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