Recent Reviews for Deanna Lynn Sletten
Widow, Virgin, Whore (Book) - 1/17/2003 10:47:50 AM|
Review by: Teresa Cox 5/01/02
Widow, Virgin, Whore
By Deanna Lynn Sletten
Widow, Virgin, Whore is obviously the novel's title, but it is also how author Deanna Lynn Sletten describes the three main characters of her novel. Katherine (the widow) finds the house of her dreams, a Victorian that overlooks Puget Sound. Denise (the virgin) decides that she will move in with Katherine, her best friend since childhood. Denise asks Katherine to rent the space over the garage to Denise’s sister Darla (the whore) and Darla’s 12 year old daughter Chelsea. Katherine reluctantly agrees. She knows that she and Darla have always hated each other and yet she hears Denise’s plea for a stable home for Chelsea. Katherine knows that Chelsea has moved as often as Darla has and has had male companions and that seems to have been quite a few times. Katherine also feels that Chelsea will be a good companion for her own son Chris who is also 12 years old. Everyone moves into the new house and so the life of the novel begins.
Darla is painted as an uncaring, irresponsible mom who wears red lipstick, wild silver shoes, and parties in bars, sleeping with a different man nightly. Katherine and Denise spend a great deal of time pointing out Darla’s less-acceptable features and Darla continues to anger them uncaringly while they all share the same space. This cycle grows vicious until Darla falls victim to the AIDS virus.
From this point forward, the three unique women go through anger, frustration, and pain while finding peace and closeness within themselves and among each other.
About halfway through the book the reader gets a broadened view of the realities of living with AIDS and how it effects the lives of those who have the virus as well as all of the people who touch their lives in even the slightest way. This novel seeks to raise the consciousness and expand the awareness of the impact of the AIDS virus in our lives.
Outlaw Heroes (Book) - 1/17/2003 10:44:10 AM
By Deanna Lynn Sletten
ISBN: 0-7388-9902-X - Trade Paperback
Children / Fiction / Adventure
Reviewed by Beverly J. Rowe, MyShelf.com
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Twelve-year old Will Long has always been fascinated by Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid in their outlaw escapades as shown in the film with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. He has read everything he could find about them, and now, as he dozes off, the outlaws themselves join him in his dream. Will has recently lost his father to an accident, and now he and his mother are on journey by train to see the man she has become interested in.
Will is swept back in time, and Butch and Sundance are in the process of robbing the very train Will is on. Will gives the outlaws some help in the robbery and then rides off with them. What an exciting adventure! Butch is the cheerful, friendly one, and Sundance is just a bit grouchy. Will has read all the history of their robberies and knows what to do to help them avoid capture. He is assigned the job of staying with the horses during a robbery that goes sour...making Will realize that robbery is, after all, a crime. He begins to wonder if the outlaw life is right for him...he begins to miss his mother.
Etta Place is a bright spot in the outlaws' lives and is secretly married to Sundance. They all travel to New York, where Butch, Sundance and Etta will depart for South America. The characters are very realistic and likable...the plot compelling and fast moving with an ending that is a refreshing surprise and just right. I'm looking forward to more from this exceptional writer. She has the knack to make the learning of history exciting and leave kids begging for more.
Outlaw Heroes (Book) - 12/19/2002 4:07:43 AM
An exciting read for anyone with imagination, particularly boys.I hope you sell millions, as there is a distinct similarity between 'Outlaws' & S.O.S.from Rhodon Valley.Congrats to you Deanna.
Widow, Virgin, Whore (Book) - 12/7/2001 9:28:23 PM
Widow, Virgin, Whore is a heartwarming story about friendship and sisters, two relationships that almost all women can relate to. You begin disliking the character, Darla, and find, surprisingly, at the end that you've become attached to her. It is the perfect book for any woman age 20-50!