In 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.
About the Author:
Arleen Williams holds a M.Ed. from the University of Washington and an English as a Second Language teaching position at South Seattle Community College where she's worked with immigrants and refugees for almost three decades. Her
published works include:
The Thirty-Ninth Victim (2008)
"The Promise," In Our Prime: Empowering Essays by Women on Love Family,
Career, Againg and Just Coping (2010)
"The Painting," Crosscurrents 2010 (Best Prose Award)
"Letting Go," "Writing at Louisa's," and "Spa Day - An excerpt from Moving Mom, a memoir in progress," Sunday Ink: Works by the Uptown Writers (2010),
"Remembering Dad - An excerpt from Moving Mom, a memoir in progress,"
"The Painful Legacy of Gary Ridgway," The Seattle Times (March 4, 2011)
She has has a collection of over forty personal essays at
www.arleenwilliams.com. The Alki Trilogy's website is: www.alkitrilogy.com
Richard Hugo House:
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122