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The Waiting Room by [Punches, Piper]
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About the Author

Piper Punches grew up in a rural Missouri town in the far west suburbs of St. Louis. As early as kindergarten, Piper began her adventure as a storyteller. It wasn’t long before others caught on that her talented storytelling was actually a disguise for her tendency to be a pathological liar. Luckily, by the time high school rolled around she got her act together and began to channel her bad girl tendencies into something constructive. By the age of 16 she had written her novel, Silent Witness; a John Grisham- like tale about the treachery and brutality of the Colombian cartel. Before ever hitting the book shelves, Silent Witness was adapted into a screenplay that was picked up by a major Hollywood studio. It was at this time that Piper learned the harsh lessons of Hollywood and the literary world. NEVER pay an agent one measly dollar until you have a contract in your hands and listen to your parents when they advise you against blindly sending $500 to have your dreams come true overnight. Sometimes parents actually know what they are talking about. For the next several years (okay, about 20 years) Piper held onto her dream of becoming a published novelist, but decided to take up procrastination instead. It didn’t pay well, but it sure felt great to get nothing accomplished and pursue other random dreams. Finally, in 2012, after an eight year period as a social worker and a seven year stint as a business owner Piper decided it was time to get back into the habit of storytelling . . . err, writing. She began freelancing and ghost writing for several popular websites, while continuing to postpone writing her original work. Piper’s mother had told her during her teenage years that writers write what they know. Of course, she didn’t take her mother’s advice back then and continued to write about drug cartels (because didn’t you know that every 16 year old living in rural Missouri knows about drug cartels? Meth – maybe. Colombia drug runners – no). However, in true Piper fashion, after 20 years she finally took that parental advice. In late fall of 2013, Piper will debut her first novel as a bona fide adult. The Waiting Room is a novel about the complexities of family, the invisible bonds that connect people, and the pain that can reverberate through the choices we make. Piper Punches lives 45 minutes from downtown St. Louis with her husband and two daughters. She continues procrastinate and write on a daily basis.

Product Details

  • File Size: 638 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Piper Punches; 1 edition (October 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G8UKQI2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I won this book in triple book giveaway. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. Without giving anything away, it is not about what happens in a waiting room when waiting for a baby to be born. Not at all!! It's a gripping story of love, loss, family, secrets, hatred, abuse,just to name a few, and the overall message of the story is beautiful. Piper's writing was really good and she has gained a new fan. I can't wait to read her next book. Don't pass this one up
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The Waiting Room is a lovely story that reveals the downfalls of never seeing our parents as people. Charlotte spent her life with a narrow view of her mother and the importance of her mother's position in a small town. When a shocking secret is revealed, Charlotte has to re-piece the life she thought knew with reality.
As a mother, one of the biggest lessons I walked away with after finishing The Waiting Room is how important it is for mothers, parents, to share their history with their children. There are no perfect lives. We must share the good, the pain, the ugly, and the beauty that we pick up along life's path and then give those lessons to our children.
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This is a great book. I love how it tells multiple stories at once, one from the past and one from the present and merges them together. Charlotte, Sylvie and Harold are all compelling characters and their relationships blend together wonderfully. This is an amazing read and captivates you from the beginning. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down.
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Everything about this book drew me in: the characters, the setting, the circumstances. But the one thing that impressed me the most was the writing. Piper Punches found ways to make the most mundane situation sound so beautiful just with the words on the page. This book contains so many layers of story, but she found seamless ways to mold them all together painting such a vivid picture of the characters and their lives. You found yourself really sympathizing with so many characters, and then hating others. Plot twists caught me off guard and reading into the wee hours of the night. All in all, a very good book, I would recommend to anyone wanting to slip into someone else's world for a little while.
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This book encompasses the feelings we must all encounter in life. However, it leaves this reader pondering whether Sylvia's choices were the best for all, whether small communities really are as presented, and if family dynamics really do result more from nurture or nature. Any fiction with this question provoking result is well worth reading.
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I would recommend this book to women who enjoy a good story.
I liked the characters, believable/flawed. My favorite character was Harold, he was not the main character, but so realistic. I'll look for other work by Piper Punches.
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The author was able to engage me in the characters from the beginning. I especially liked the way she wove the past and present story lines - kept me interested. I look forward to reading more of her writing.
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Tender might not be the right word, but it gave me a sense of peace throughout the telling of this story. I enjoyed the characters and their development. Then and now blended effortlessly. I enjoyed the read.
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