The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

by Piper Punches


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Charlotte thought she knew her mother. A highly regarded, small town doctor in the rural farming community of Marion, Missouri, Dr. Sylvie Day was successful, respected, and responsible for delivering nearly half the town's population. She was a single mother, forced to raise her daughter alone after her husband's tragic and sudden death. But Sylvie wasn't merely a devoted mother. She was a woman with secrets - Secrets and lies that threaten to destroy Charlotte's memory of her. On the day of Sylvie's funeral, Charlotte comes face to face with Harold Klein, the one person in Marion her mother loathed and shunned. It is during this fateful meeting that Charlotte learns of the lies and betrayal that were always lurking in the shadows of her childhood. Now, Charlotte is forced to confront not only her mother's past but her own failures as a daughter, learning to forgive herself, while accepting her mother for the woman she really was. An Amazon bestselling novel, The Waiting Room is a riveting tale of love, family, loss, and betrayal that reveals the complexities of relationships, the invisible bonds that connect people, and the pain that reverberates through generations because of the choices we make. As Charlotte delves into the past, the true story of Dr. Sylvie Day becomes clearer and clearer with each turn of the page, reminding us that the secrets we keep aren't always ours to take to the grave.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991093618
Publisher: Piper Punches
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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.

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