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A Whisper to a Scream (The Bibliophiles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Wojcik Berner
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Book Description

Perfect for book clubs!

“The eternal struggle of the harried American woman is analyzed here, with surprising adeptness and compassion...Fearless truthfulness.” -Publishers Weekly

Annie Jacobs has dreamed of the day she would become a mother since the first time she held her Baby Tenderlove doll. Unfortunately, biology has not cooperated with her plan, and she finds herself dealing with a diagnosis of unexplained infertility instead of picking out baby names.

Across town, stay-at-home mom Sarah Anderson is just trying to make it through the grocery store without her toddler hurling a box of rice at a fellow shopper. She is exhausted from managing the house, a first grader and a toddler, all without any help from her work-obsessed, absentee husband.

When they meet through a Classics Book Club, each thinks the other one's life is so much better than her own. But is the grass truly greener on the other side of the fence?

Unlike most series that follow one character through various adventures, each Bibliophiles novel focuses on one or two members of a fictional suburban classics book club, revealing their personal stories while the group explores tales spun by the masters.

This edition contains a Reader's Guide and book club discussion questions.

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Editorial Reviews


"Some books you read, put down, and forget all about, but I promise you this won't be one of them."-- Kindle Fire Department

About the Author

Karen Wojcik Berner grew up on the outskirts of Chicago. After graduating from Dominican University with degrees in English with a writing concentration and communications, she worked as a magazine editor, public relations coordinator and freelance writer. A two-time Folio Magazine Ozzie Award for Excellence in Magazine Editorial and Design winner, her work also has appeared in countless newspapers and magazines. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 590 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145659365X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very realistic story August 3, 2010
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Sarah is a stay at home mother to two young children, dealing with a somewhat absentee husband. Annie is a career woman, longing for motherhood but struggling with infertility. Both seem to long for what the other has, without even realizing it. The two women cross paths at a local book club, and we get to see the journey each woman goes on over the course of several months. Neither is fully prepared for where she will end up.

Quite an intriguing little book this is. It has been on my to read list for a month, and I read it basically in one day. It was hard to stray from it once I started, because I wanted to see what each woman was going to encounter next. I loved the two main characters of Sarah and Annie. I felt a little bit like a peeping tom, because we see these women in their most raw, real moments in life. They talk like real women. Their struggles are ones we relate to as women.

Sarah's story is one I see echoed in the lives of so many mothers that I know. When reading her portions of the story, I could literally feel her frustration and resentment leaping from the page. And with Annie, well, Annie's story is sort of my biggest fear in life, so it most definitely resounded.

What I like most about this book is that, while it lacks a conventional "happy ending" revolving around perfect partners and storybook romances, each woman finds her own version of happiness and purpose. I believe that is a lesson so many women need to learn these days.

A bit of a warning, when I first saw the title of the book, I expected an action packed mystery thriller, which it is most certainly not. But that is not to say the book is slow or lacks anything. If anything, when I finished the book, I was impressed with how real the storyline was.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not read if you are struggling with infertility. August 10, 2011
By Megan
Format:Kindle Edition
I just read this book because it was one of the suggestions on Amazon after buying a few other books on infertility and because it got decent enough reviews. I enjoyed it until about I was about 85% done and the book became an infertile woman's worse nightmare. When you're going through months of infertility treatmenst the last thing you want to read is a story of infidelity and divorce. Our husbands leaving us for more fertile women is one of our biggest fears. I don't want to give too much away but I would highly suggest that anyone who is currently undergoing infertility treatments stay far away from this book! It literally made me sick to my stomach. I am disappointed that Amazon suggested it to me.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bent, but not broken June 10, 2010
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A Whisper to a Scream takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions. This tale of two women, one already a mother and one who desperately wants to become a mother, accurately depicts the raw human emotion that comes with the prospect of becoming a parent. My heart ached for both Annie and Sarah as the course of their lives was altered by cruel fate. I admired the strength they showed despite everything they encountered. They both proved that what does not kill us truly does make us stronger. Karen's writing is smooth and entertaining, leading the reader right to the heart of the story. Her words tell us of the true strength of the human spirit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Grass Is Always Greener... October 14, 2012
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Annie has always wanted children, and has married into a family whose abundant fertility taunts her at every holiday gathering. Sarah has two children she loves dearly, but the lack of focus, of purpose, of anything except being a mommy is slowly driving her insane.

What I loved: the characters are beautifully drawn, the reader can totally relate to the pain and frustration of each woman, the whole "grass is always greener syndrome," as well as showing how silly the whole "Mommy wars" are.

What slowed me down: they aren't stories, per se, with a beginning, middle, and end, more a pastiche of these women's lives. And though they are connected via their shared readers' group, there isn't an "a-ha!" moment where each realizes the grass ISN'T greener on the other side.

An interesting debut book from an author I am sure will continue to offer interesting work as time goes on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Felt Like These Women Could Be My Neighbors February 21, 2011
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I felt like these women could be my neighbors. We all try to project the perfect image to the public, but our reality may be something very different than what others see. Sarah, mother of two, is trying to create the perfect suburban existence for her family, despite her own exhaustion and frustration with her husband's late nights at the office. Annie, who with her husband John, is unsuccessfully trying to start a family and feels like a biological failure. On the outside they seem to have the perfect life, while inside their inner struggle is all-consuming. Their stories unfold, as life does, with some ups and downs that eventually lead both women to a place where they better understand what they need to do for themselves. While their stories don't have a traditional happy ending, there is a sense of moving forward with hope. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor and also the Naperville references throughout. Definitely worth reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary women and marriage January 11, 2013
I could easily imagine I was reading non-fiction, so well drawn were the characters in the book. With fluid prose and realistic dialogue, the novel is as much a psychological study as a novel about contemporary marriage - the daily demands of raising a family, career versus children, infertility, infidelity, extended family, and hobbies outside of work and home.

I like the idea of having a series of books built around a Classics Book Club.

A Whisper to a Scream is as good and in some cases better than many of the contemporary women's fiction novels I've read recently, and I say this without bias even though I requested and received a complimentary ebook for review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 9 months ago by Barbara Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars "You had me at the series title..."
A Whisper to a Scream is a refreshing example of character, content and cleverness. The writing is sharp, witty and empathetic, focusing on the connections friends make with their... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Margaret Whalen Stec
A Whisper to a Scream by Karen Wojcik Berner is the first book in The Bibliophiles series which is a great way to start with an author who is new to me. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ope's review of A Whisper to a Scream
I enjoyed seeing two women deal with the issues of having children. I was disappointed that the two stories did not intertwine more. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Margie
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre book
book is not very interesting. The writing doesn't lead me to care about the characters. Book is not well edited.
Published on March 14, 2013 by Helga Ertas
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Published on October 8, 2012 by Kristin Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars A well written, but painful shot of reality.I want to stick my head in...
Our North American society has fostered an idyllic image of love, marriage, a perfect life and happy ever after as an ultimate and achievable ideal. Read more
Published on January 20, 2012 by Gloria Antypowich
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
This book is TERRIBLE! I cannot even believe that it was published!

Not only is the story lacking any kind of substance, the characters are weak, and the writing is... Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by C'Anne Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong character novel with characters that are easy to relate to
Overall I really enjoyed A Whisper to a Scream. I feel like Ms. Berner created two main characters that I could relate to even though I am in neither of their specific situations. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by Crystal Fulcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
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Karen Wojcik Berner's book A Whisper to a Scream was a very good book. The author has created a story which many women can relate to and the book covers many... Read more
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More About the Author

"A series about a book club with each book centered around a different member? Genius!"
-- Kritter's Ramblings book review blog

Karen Wojcik Berner writes contemporary fiction with a sprinkling of the classics. She is the author "A Whisper to a Scream (The Bibliophiles: Book One)" and "Until My Soul Gets It Right (The Bibliophiles: Book Two)," the digital short, "A Bibliophile Christmas," and several flash fiction pieces. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and blogs, including The Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, and Fresh Fiction.

Unlike most series that follow one character through various adventures, the Bibliophiles is a little different. Each book club member gets the chance to "star" in his or her novel.

For example, the first, "A Whisper to a Scream," centers on Sarah, a stay-at-home mother of two, and Annie, a PR executive with fertility issues, each of whom thinks the other's life is far superior to her own. Their story is followed up in Karen's holiday digital short, "A Bibliophile Christmas." "Until My Soul Gets It Right" chronicles Catherine Elbert's journey as she bounces from coast to coast in search of her true self. In the final installment of the Bibliophiles series, "A Groovy Kind of Love," uptight computer programmer Thaddeus's life is turned upside down when he meets the much younger, free-spirited Spring.

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