||Deanna Lynn Sletten
||Dec 13, 2011
Three very different women - one house - one devastating diagnosis.
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Three very different women - one house - one devastating diagnosis.
When recently widowed Katherine Samuals purchases a home to share with her son, Christopher, and her best friend, Denise Richards, the last thing she expects is to include Denise's outrageous sister, Darla Richards, into the household. But Katherine agrees because she adores Darla's daughter, Chelsea, and feels this is a good opportunity to give the young teen a real home.
Living with Darla is not easy. She parties too much, sleeps around, and speaks her mind without apology. To conservative Katherine, and shy Denise, Darla's behavior is intolerable. Then, Darla is diagnosed with AIDS, and the household is turned upside-down. Katherine finds herself thrown into Darla's life, first as her caregiver, then as her companion as she explores the devastating lives of AIDS sufferers. Katherine's fledgling writing career flourishes as she shares the experiences of Darla's AIDS support group in newspaper articles across the country. And Denise finds true love for the first time, but struggles with the inappropriate timing of her personal happiness. Surprisingly, Darla also finds love - real love - in a time when she needs it the most.
As the household struggles with the stress of living with a terminal illness, Katherine, Denise, and Darla learn just how strong their bond of friendship, and sisterhood, is.
If you are a sister or a best friend, you will love this story.
A compelling novel of three very different women by Midwest Book Review
Deanna Lynn Sletten's Widow, Virgin, Whore is a compelling novel of three very different sisters who must all learn to cope with AIDS, the sickness caused by HIV virus infection, in their lives. Focused upon family life and the strains that conflicting personalities can put on human relationships, Widow, Virgin, Whore Is An Engaging, Introspective, Skillfully Written Novel From First Page To Last.
A book that everyone can learn from by Gloria Antypowich March 28, 2012
Widow, Virgin, Whore by Deanna Lynn Sletten
The Title of this book of this book is both appropriate and misleading. I am not bothered by sexually explicit material in a book, because to me sex is a very real part of the human experience; and that is what I was expecting to find. I was surprised, but not disappointed to find that there was no actual sex in the story.
Instead I found myself drawn into a wonderfully written human experience that centered around Katherine, who is a conservative widow, her long time friend, Denise who is shy and still a virgin, and Darla, Denise`s black sheep sister. Darla is the "whore", living a lifestyle that includes a string constantly changing boyfriends and a carefree party attitude that is repugnant to the other two women.
I loved this story for the way it portrayed the characters. It was so realistically human and it deals with a topic that to this day is still viewed with fear and judgement and misunderstanding.
Denise struggled with her anger and resentment towards Darla`s lifestyle; stifled emotionally throughout her life, by her embarrassment and her determination to be different.
Katherine proved herself to be a generous, compassionate person who eventually overlooked Darla`s flaws and reached out to her in love and compassion. She put herself on the line to fight for justice and educate society, defending Darla's rights as a person.
I feel very strongly about this book. Personally, I think that it could (maybe should) be read by anyone from fourteen years of age and up; possibly even younger depending on their maturity. Often we tend to shelter our youth, but reality can be harsh and I think they need to be aware of the facts of life. I am a grandmother, and through observance, realize that many of young people are much more knowledgeable than we would choose to believe.
This book is educational, but not preachy. And it gives the reader insight into the consequences that can be the result of choices; it also shows that sometimes tragic things happen to people who have unsuspectingly become victims. Judgment and guilt tripping do nothing to solve the problem.
Compassion, love and dignity are the only helpful thing left to offer them; and education to prevent it from happening to others.
I received this book free through the WLC Read and Review program. I give very few books 5 stars, but Widow, Virgin, Whore receives this honour from me.
AMAZING!!! by Britt1980 November 12. 2012
There is no words that can totally describe this book....I laughed and cried and laughed some more....It is beautifully written. You can connect with each character along the way. If you have EVER known or know someone that is fighting this disease or have lost someone to it you will be astonished by how well it is written from the families perspective!! LOVE IT!! Already recommended it to friends
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Reader Reviews for "Widow, Virgin, Whore"
|Reviewed by Teresa Cox
|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.
|Reviewed by Kathy Slater
|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!|
Deanna Lynn Sletten