The Wives of Marty Winters
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 where a blood clot is removed from her brain. She
slips into a coma. Selena's husband, Marty, and family
members gather to wait and see if she will ever regain
Family conversations lead back to old
conflicts and memories of Marty's first wife, Maria in the
1960's. Maria has two steps up on the sexual revolution,
and she figures what Marty doesn't know about her other
boyfriend won't hurt him. Their marriage comes to a
suddenly end when she leaves him with no hint of where she
may be. Marty's obsession with finding Maria leads him to
another woman, one in a religious commune who goes by the
name of Marigold but whose real name is Selena. He marries
Selena and takes her back home, and they build what seems
to be a happy and normal life ...
son tells them he is gay and until Marty's old friend
Chuck, an embittered Vietnam vet, comes back into his
life, until they run into trouble with a neo-Nazi group
known as The Nation, and finally until Maria returns.
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Publication year: 2008
"There was always the chance, however slim, that some nutcase
in the crowd would pull out a gun and blast somebody away.
Marty and Chloe knew it, so they kept their eyes peeled. They
might have felt a little silly about being so cautious; after
all, nobody’d ever shot a Pride Day speaker, but they weren’t
taking any chances." - from the opening paragraph of The Wives
of Marty Winters.
"Although it contains its share of tragedy, the book is fun to
read. By the time I finished it, I felt that I knew the characters
personally. The author introduced them in a Steinbeck" kind of
way. - Van B. Cook, amazon.com
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