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Sister of Silence (Appalachian Families) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 18, 2011
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Writing Sister of Silence could not have been easy for award-winning journalist Daleen Berry. Berry reveals her dark secret with clarity and frankness in hopes of saving others from making her mistakes. Berry's story is not an easy read, though her prose is strong and her memory acute. --ForeWord Clarion Review--5 Stars, by Barbara Bamberger Scott
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I urge any victim to read this book and maybe they will see even a small part of themselves in the author's story and will find the strength needed to get the help that is available to them.
This goes to show how we really don't know our friends and neighbors as well as we think. It seems that nobody suspected that Daleen wasn't a willing participant in having 4 children in 5 years. At the age of 22 with 4 small children Daleen realized she had to take control of her reproduction by having her tubes tied or know that she would in a short time be pregnant again. The toll this was taking on Daleen's mind was scaring her as awful thoughts entered her mind.
Maybe this book will help some other woman realize that rape is not OK, just because her rapist is her husband. After years of her husband making her feel like everything was her fault, she found the courage to stand up to him for the sake of herself and well as her children. Daleen should be congratulated for showing her children that violence is not OK, and that it is OK to walk away.
This barely proofed, unedited, and inconsistent narrative is rife with incorrect word usage, grammatical and punctuation errors, and a plethora of vagaries, contradictions, and textbook generalities. The five w's might be the reporter's creed, but lots of "showing" and much less "telling" is the hallmark of a decent writer. Despite what she says, I never get a sense of what is really going on in that household.
Domestic violence is passed down through generations, the author says. "I know I'm good because God doesn't make junk," she quotes. Praying and Bible study (all Old Testament references) are ever-present throughout the book. And yet--this author makes no attempt to forgive or show compassion toward Eddie, himself an obvious product of a culture of domestic violence. She dismisses him as--junk.
Ms. Berry has a good story but, despite the hype, entirely misses the mark in this slapdash, amateurish account of what might have been a poignant and compelling look at one case of domestic violence.
A note to Nellie Bly books: This book needs to undergo another edit. Queen Noor of Jordan was formerly known as Lisa Halaby, not Carla Halaby. There are too many grammatical/spelling errors: (chocked up instead of chalked up; to not overdue it instead of not to overdo it; sat my satchel down instead of set my satchel down, etc. etc.). Apart from the 15-20 grammatical errors, I believe parts of the book can be pared down. Some parts are excessively wordy or unnecessary (I told the kids to tell the babysitter I was in the bathroom getting ready...).
The only reason I mention the editing is because I really believe in this book--it just needs to be cleaned up a bit.
Daleen is an excellent writer and manages to tell this story that started with sexual abuse at the age of 13 through her marriage to her abuser with heart and soul. Being forced to enter the adult world so young never gave her a chance to mature properly; with teenage angst and loves and breakups. She never developed the tools needed to tell this narcissistic jerk to take a hike. It's easy to ask the questions that so many readers must: "Why didn't you just "tell somebody?!!" but Daleen just wanted to have a little family and be happy so she tried, and tried, and tried some more. Anyone who has ever watched an episode of Dr. Phil will shake their heads wondering why women stay in these circumstances. Again, it's probably because they never got a chance to mature properly.
Daleen, to the chagrin of some reviewers, remains uncritical of her alcoholic and non-connected mother. I simply can't believe that mom was unaware of the troubled life this young girl was living; possibly because she was getting a payoff from the abuser. I think that mom turned off that part of her brain. Maybe I'm just reading my own story into Daleen's but that is what will happen to many readers. This is the kind of story that we tend to insert ourselves into - maybe not in totality but into bits and pieces.Read more ›
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I was totally captivated by this book. The subject matter is one that hides its face behind many closed front doors. Read morePublished 7 months ago by FRANKIE
I highly recommend this book for two reasons:
First, as a male survivor of sexual abuse this book gave me insights into my own situations. Read more
Very good read!! Very insightful material on a sensitive subject. Hats off to Daleen for having the courage to share her story!! Thank you Daleen! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Polly
I really tried to like this book but the story never hooked me. I kept waiting for it to get better but it ever did. I would not recommend this to a friendPublished 13 months ago by RU10565