My Father’s Shoes is, at its core, an anthology of short stories.  The book is allegoric and the shoes are metaphoric.  Unlike most anthologies, however, these stories are an amalgam of themselves.  They integrate and coalesce.  There is a rhythm and a cadence both in substance and in form.

This book was initially written as a gift to my father but, as others read the manuscript, they seemed to recognize something of themselves in these stories.  A memory.  A passage.  An incident.  A feeling.  As they did, I became more comfortable with sharing these vignettes of family life.

In the end this book is really more about me than my father. But, even more than that, it is about appreciating every circumstance of life however mundane or unremarkable it may seem at the time. These seemingly discrete and unrelated moments actually define who you are, what you become and what matters most in life.  

My father always used to say,

senza memoria vita non esiste, which in Italian means, without memory life does not exist.  These are my memories and this is my inheritance.


“There isn’t one ounce of fat in Vennare’s writing.  Every story is a journey, every sentence a complete thought.  This book is not just a good read...this is Benediction.”

~Frank Ferraro, Filmmaker and Playwright

“I feel like I know these people, and I care about them and the vivid way they lived.  Vennare’s courage in the act of remembering his father’s life, and revealing his own, is an invitation to all of us to find a way to pass on the stories and memories we hold most dear.”

~Karen Kern, Writer

“With each chapter read, the pages penned touched my heart and resonated with personal stories of my own family members.  The book is a one shoe fits all narrative.”

~Lillie Leonardi, Author

“I didn’t get past  page 10 without tears streaming down my face.  I am wondering if [he has] invented a new style of writing--a combination of poetry, prose and literature. It is brilliantly written.”

~Susan Peabody

Copyright 2013 Raymond F. Vennare





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