A Whisper to a Scream [NOOK Book]

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This edition includes a Reader's Guide with book club discussion questions.

“Some books you read, put down, and forget all about, but I promise you this won't be one ...
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Overview

This edition includes a Reader's Guide with book club discussion questions.

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

“...fearless truthfulness...”
— Publishers Weekly

She could be your sister, best friend, wife, daughter, neighbor.

An overwhelmed stay-at-home mom whose husband is too preoccupied with work to spend time with his family. A PR executive scared to death she waited too long to have the baby she has always wanted. 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?

A vivid portrayal of contemporary marriage and its problems, "A Whisper to a Scream" speaks to a longing in all of us, a yearning that might start as a vague notion, but eventually grows into an unbearable, vociferous cry.

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

Tiffany's Bookshelf - Tiffany Harkleroad
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.
The Book Dilettante - Harvee Lau
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.
Dawn Judd
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. 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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012226655
  • Publisher: Karen Wojcik Berner
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Series: The Bibliophiles , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 267
  • Sales rank: 551,563
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Karen Wojcik Berner writes contemporary fiction with a sprinkling of the classics. Her
Bibliophiles series explores the lives of fictional American suburban book club members. 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. “Until My Soul Gets It Right” chronicles Catherine Elbert’s journey as she bounces from coast to coast in search of her true self.

Karen grew up on the outskirts of Chicago. After graduating from Dominican University with degrees in English with a writing concentration and communications, she has 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 has appeared in countless newspapers and magazines. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family. 

To learn more about Karen, please visit her website, www.karenberner.com.
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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Strong character-driven 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. I am not a stay-at-home mom with a husband on the road and I am not a want-to-be mom with fertility problems. I am a working mom with two children so that puts me somewhere between the two I guess, closer to the SAHM you would think, but then like Annie because I work.

    I think that's what made A Whisper to a Scream really stand out to me is the relatability of the characters. I think as a woman (and for the most part this is a book that will appeal to women) no matter where you are at in life you will find something to relate to in both of these characters. Annie and Sarah are very real. They face hardships. They have ups, they have downs, they learn to celebrate the good and deal with the bad most of the time. I loved them. At times I wanted to strangle them but then I understood them. I always came back to understanding them, and then I always came back to loving them. Ms. Berner creates and brings to life wonderful characters and this is her strong suit in writing. Her characters were amazing to me.

    Did I have some issues with the book, yes I did, but it didn't spoil my overall love of the book for it's characters. I will eagerly await the second in this series so I can see more of the characters and hopefully get to know more of The Bibliophiles (I'm guessing that is the intent of the series). One of my issues was that some things were paced wonderfully and then things were hurried up and tied up too quickly (or what I thought was too quickly). I wished that it was just a little more evenly paced plot-wise. Another issue I had was jumping around a bit between some of the minor characters. I liked learning about them, but sometimes it left me confused about who it was and why it would be important to the story. I liked having the back story, but by the end, I wished some of that space could have been used to pace the main stories out a little better. That said, again the characterizations are Ms. Berner's strong suit so these back stories really stand out and are memorable even if I had to ask myself who that character was in the framework of the story (who he or she was related to). I also wish I could have seen just a little more of the book club together, but that is a small wish and minor to things overall. These are all personal preferences and really minor in the scheme of how the book was to me and things that only came up after reading the book. While I read the book, I only had complete enjoyment and just kept thinking that I could relate to both women so well.

    Overall this book was very much worth my time and yours if you enjoy novels that revolve around the characters. This isn't a happy-go-lucky novel, Sarah and Annie have tough issues to deal with, but in the end I like how they do it. I like that the book club brings them together. I read this book on New Year's Day and it was a great way to spend my afternoon. I went through some emotions but came out feeling happy not drained and eager to see what happens next for The Bibliophiles. I think A Whisper to a Scream is a good start for Karen Wojcik Berner and I'm interested to see where her writing takes her next.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    New Friendships!

    A WHISPER TO A SCREAM by Karen Wojcik Barner
    Published by CreateSpace
    ISBN-10: 145659365X
    ISBN-13: 978-1456593650
    Genre: Women's Fiction
    At the request of the author, Karen Wojcik Berner, and WOW Tours, a digital edition was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.


    Synopsis (from WOW tours): 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.
    A Whisper to a Scream is the story of two women on opposite ends of the child-bearing spectrum who come to realize the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side of the fence. A vivid portrayal of contemporary marriage and its problems, the novel speaks to a longing in all of us, a yearning that might start as a vague notion, but eventually grows into an unbearable, vociferous cry.


    My Thoughts and Opinion: I apologize in advance because I feel I need to start this review off with a caveat. I received this request during the period of my tornado of personal issues. I vaguely remember reading the synopsis, accepted to be a part of the tour but explained that I was not sure when I would be able to read and review the book. I was also told that this was the 1st book of what was going to be a series. When things settled down a bit, I picked up my Kindle, not remembering the premise of the book (one of the negatives of the Kindle-no back cover to read), but the title grabbed me thinking it was going to be a good suspense.


    I was wrong. However, what pulled me in were the characters. Sarah and Annie, the 2 main women that the story revolved around became life like from the start. The author's description of their lives, their emotions, their families was written in such a style that this reader could actually empathize with some of their situations. I also liked and thought was a plus, especially from an avid book reader's opinion, was what and how brought these 2 ladies, from different backgrounds, 2 total strangers together and that it was a Book Club. This is the type of book where you get so engrossed with the characters' lives that you feel you become part of "the friendship". It was not a mystery, but the story held me captive due to circumstances in Annie and Sarah's lives and I needed to know what the outcome would be. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and look forward to the next in this series.


    My Rating: 4

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Grass always seems greener

    This is a good book for stay at home moms as well as working moms who wish they could stay at home. A good reminder to be thankful for all that you have and to focus on the good rather than becoming absorbed by the bad or the things you don't have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    Real

    I like this book a lot, it was very real in a sense of relatability and more importantly, the author not sugar coating what a situation could turn into. The plot was very good and original and the book was well written. The characters are great and evolved very nicely and the two women; the main characters; are wonderful and very likable despite each of their situations. You really want to root for these women, their happiness and contentment with life. This book is very sad yet very triumphant and even manages to make you laugh. Good read, would recommend.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    A Whisper to a Scream

    For some reason my brain wants to start this review with a cliché. Maybe something about greener grass, walking in shoes that aren't yours, or even proper caution when making wishes. All might apply to the two protagonists in "A Whisper to a Scream." Each wishes for a life more like what the other has.

    Despite their differences, Annie and Sarah were both characters I liked, which I think is important in a story like this. I wanted both to find a way to get their wish. I think that's normal, to hope a friend, even a fictional friend, will realize a dream or meet a goal. One of the best ways to illustrate something is to use contrast or comparison - that opinion accounts for my tendency to overuse such words as but, however, and yet. As the story switches between the two characters, Berner shows us the contrast between Annie's life and Sarah's. Both are busy, yet fulfilling, although in different ways. Each wants something closer to what the other has, but has obstacles that are not entirely within their ability to overcome. Will they get what they want? I'm not telling.

    After finishing "A Whisper to a Scream," different readers will probably come away with different messages. It might be one of appreciating the positives of your personal situation. It could be one of balance in life. Or you may come up with something on your own. Whatever your takeaway, I think you'll find immersing yourself in the lives of Annie and Sarah is an experience worth having.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2011

    Great read for the price

    I think just about all women can relate to this book on some level. Stay-at-home mom, wanna be mom, struggling with fertility problems....covers it all. The story is centered around the struggles and life of a Stay at home Mom and the decisions that she has made in the interest of her family and how it has impacted who she is as a person. It also centers around a woman who has wanted nothing more than to have a child since she was a child, but has put it on the back burner in order to get all things in place first. Full of emotion....from laughs to tears. Was suprised at the ending. Very good for the price and it's also a full legnth piece....not one of those short ones.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    I could easily imagine I was reading non-fiction, so well drawn

    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. This is the first of the author's planned six books exploring the lives of various book club members, the Bibliophiles. The second book in the series is Until My Soul Gets It Right, published May 22, 2012.




    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.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Unresolved and underdeveloped

    I felt like I read an expanded outline or a really long essay instaed of a novel. All the pieces were there, but they just weren't brought together effectively.

    I think the relationship between the two main characaters should have eithe been expanded upon or one of them written more as a supporting character in the book so I could get the "whole" story. As it was, I felt like I only got a piece of both.

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