#Sunday Chat about an Amazing Seattle Author

#Sunday Chat about an Amazing Seattle Author

Meet Arleen Williams

Arleen Williams is a Seattle novelist, memoirist, and co-author of a dozen short books in easy English for adults. She teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) at South Seattle College and has worked with immigrants and refugees for close to three decades. Arleen lives, cycles, and writes in Seattle. Want to learn more about her? She’s a voracious blogger, subscribe at arleenwilliams.com and notalkingdogspress.com.

On a personal note, if I had one literary wish to grant, it would be to see New York Times Book Review pay attention to Williams work. She handles complicated, tumultuous and diverse subject matters with literary grace and expertise. She deserves national attention.

The Alki Trilogy

running secretsIn Running Secrets, flight attendant Chris Stevens is bent on self-destruction until she meets Gemi Kemmal, an Ethiopian home healthcare provider. Gemi and Jake, a paramedic, help Chris heal from and confront her difficult past, and regain a passion for living. In the process, Chris and Gemi forge an unusual friendship that bridges cultural, racial and age differences. Their friendship gives both women the support each needs.

Gemi comes to question restrictive traditions dictating her immigrant life, such as the headscarf she’s worn since entering puberty and the celibacy she’s practiced since the brutal death of her husband and infant in the violence that destroyed her homeland and family. Chris uncovers family secrets that challenge everything she’s ever known to be true.

Together the women learn that racial identity is a choice, self expression is a right, and family is a personal construct. Cindy Steward gave the novel five-stars and wrote this: 

“I finished the book last night and Oh My Gosh!! I LOVED it!!! I am not much of a reader, but I found this too hard to put down. The writing is exquisite and the story is wonderful. I found it easy to identify with the characters and picture them in my minds eye. I laughed, cried, smiled a lot and felt the love in the characters. I kept expecting a different outcome at every turn of the page and was pleasantly surprised each time!! I can hardly wait until the next one comes out. I wanted this one to keep going, to read more about Chris’ and Gemi’s new lives.”
CD captures the essence of the book in their five-star review:
This book is a polished jewel of friendship.

The author tackles the sensitive and complex subject of illegal immigration and American immigration policy without flinching. Never preachy, she illuminates the inhumanity of the “detention and deportation” system, the terror of the fleeing migrants and the horrors they will encounter when they are returned home.”


41cCff7gofL._SS500_In Biking Uphill, lonely college student Carolyn Bauer offers sanctuary to a homeless teen. Fifteen years later, only Antonia recognizes her old friend when they meet again in an ESL classroom, but she conceals her secret. Biking Uphill invites the reader into a world of undocumented immigration, where unexpected friendships bridge cultural divides and everyone benefits.



418puKpNb4L._AC_UL320_SR208,320_Walking Home. Seattle is a long way from the Horn of Africa. Despite escaping his country’s violence, Kidane is never too far from the nightmares and despair of his past. A new country, a new hope, and a new love may not be enough to save him. Only when he is able to face his worst fears can he have any hope of being truly free.

Rhino gave the novel five-stars and wrote this on Amazon.com.
“In her breakthrough novel Walking Home, Arleen Williams creates a very personal look into the lives of the immigrant population that comes to America in search of hope. Kidane hopes for a world that is without the terrors of war. Talisha longs to one day hold a baby in her arms, to love, nurture, and watch grow. All of the characters that Arleen weaves into this heartwarming story have one thing in common: the hope of a secure world, free of violence. I was drawn to each of the characters as I read how their lives became intertwined due to the challenges that they face and how a new family was created. Out of despair, death, and loneliness they are brought together and a lasting bond is formed: a bond based on trust, strength, courage, and a hope that love can be stronger than the forces that attempt to destroy it.


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