Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Book Review: 'Singing in Silence' by Karen Clark

‘Today it begins.’

Author Karen Clark has embraced many occupations, from an Italian-trained fashion designer, litigation paralegal, carpenter and wood floor mechanic to concert promoter, personal historian, landscape designer and IT/Word Processor. Her books reflect her multicentric background as she has published books on Social Media Selling as well as novels. She now presents this historical novel SINGING IN SILENCE written while suffering a brain injury from workplace bullying which led to homelessness at age sixty. Her journey to find her own home led to wanting to know more about the history of her brave ancestor's quest for a home in America, culminating in a drive through England, Ireland and Scotland. That journey revealed Mayflower ancestors, including the pilot of that famous voyage and her ten-times great grandmother who was one of the original Separatists. 

Karen builds a trust and an affinity in her readers with her touching and additive Preface – ‘I didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer, though perhaps I’ve always been a storyteller. However, my journey changed on the Spring Equinox of 2005. Driving on I-80 in Northern California, I was gazing at freshly planted fields and listening to NPR. It was the second anniversary of the Iraqi war. Being perimenopausal, it didn’t take much to upset me. “Over 600,000 Iraqis dead, many of them children,” they reported. A grandmother, I sobbed in my car for the now-childless mothers. I daydreamed about what the world would be like if the mothers and grandmothers ran the world. I envisioned women gathering—at the Click Café. I had no idea the Click Café would become Singing in Silence. I thought What can I do? “Be careful when you ask questions,” they say, “Just might lead you to your destiny.” I had no idea my journey for the next twelve years was to write this book. “Have you heard about the Third Secret?” my fellow Artist Way student asked at our meeting. “You know, Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three children? The Church was supposed to reveal the Third Secret, but they didn’t.” That was enough to hook me. An avid researcher, I read about Marian Apparitions (visions of the Virgin Mary), the history of the Catholic Church, quantum physics, history of wars, Dior—and water, and entered all into a spreadsheet. And then I let the story come to me. As the book evolved, I realized we needed a Harry Potter book for midlife women. Suspense sprinkled with magic. A novel not only for change but one you could get lost in. This journey has not been easy. I wrote before work, after work, on the weekends. I wrote when my brain was injured due to workplace bullying, by a woman. I kept writing in libraries when I lost my home at age 60. I kept writing through each life challenge because I wanted a peaceful world for my grandkids. Now, after twelve years this story is ready to be shared with the world. I hope you enjoy the journey and give it some “thought.” Trust the Journey’

This is a very fine novel written by an author who has lived in the era of the1960s and 70s – the flowerchild movement when the stresses of hormonal change were coupled with anti-Vietnam war marches and a change in popular music that reflected world changes and attitude. The year is 2005 and the characters are witnessing new hormonal changes – the tank out of gas type. The prose is so crisp and crocheted with humor and history and feminism and spiritual changes that once started the reader is caught between the book covers until the wonderful story plays out.

The synopsis allows for a fine summary – ‘Gather the women, the ghostly vision told Stella and Maggie. Best friends since the Summer of Love, both are going through the Change—hormonally and personally. One divorced, one widowed—both unknowingly part of a plan destined 500 years ago. Thrust into a world where there are no accidents; everything is connected. A seemingly random series of events: a secret told to children during WWI, the Great Alignment of 2012, a sacred doll designed by Dior—and a French priest and his mother mysteriously connected to Chartres Cathedral start the two on an epic journey starting in San Francisco to France and ending in the land of goddesses in Turkey for the Great Gathering. Soon GA7, a private military firm, and the Catholic Church begin a quantum war to stop the women—and to keep the Elites in power.’

The book is a zinger and a winner. Highly recommended.

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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