Karen Glick lives outside of Philadelphia. She is a clinical psychologist whose other interests include writing, painting, and acting. When not feverishly engaged in these pursuits, she enjoys spending time with her four children, husband, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and cats.
Karen Glick has recently published her first novel, Questions in the Silence, which sounds excellent!
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Please tell us a bit about your book and what you hope readers take away from reading it.
The idea for Questions in the Silence emerged from two of my life passions (don’t ask about the others!): psychotherapy and a spiritual approach to life. The protagonist, Ari Rothman, is a young Jewish woman whose childhood is flavored by unusual dreams and visions. Some of her dreams are derived from her Jewish education, but others are more mystical and cryptic. These experiences inspire her to become a seeker of spiritual truth, not limited by her own religious upbringing. At the same time, she is driven to find her life purpose and feels she may find it in helping people through psychotherapy.
Questions in the Silence chronicles Ari’s personal growth from her childhood, when she feels like an outsider because of her precocious approach to life, to her search for a life partner and her attempts to initiate a mature relationship with her parents. At the same time, in her professional life, Ari faces mounting conflict when she tries to integrate her traditional training as a psychologist with her intuitive abilities. Her struggles come to a head when she treats her first long-term client whose problems resonate deeply with some of her own issues.
I guess I have always questioned the meaning or purpose behind my life. I feel that growing up in a fairly materialistic culture has made it necessary for me to constantly renew and acknowledge my core spiritual values. One of my key values has always been the recognition of the eternal in every person who enters my life. In my novel, I wanted to explore the life of a female character who would embody that spiritual striving while pursuing a career that I have found meaningful. Ari Rothman is both a seeker and a psychologist. At the same time, I wanted to depict how she navigates the difficulties she faces in her own relationships, in spite of her spiritual search, because I feel that is the task we all face.
Who are your favorite characters in the story?
I have three favorite characters: Ari, who embodies some of my own struggles, Dr. Samuels, the kind of supervisor I would have welcomed, and James, the client who helps his therapist grow.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?
It’s hard to choose, but here is a key excerpt from one of Ari’s sessions with James:/p>
Ari sat in silence with him. She could do this. Silence held no fears for her. It had become an old friend. She let her mind probe James’ silence, attempting to glean some understanding of this change in him. As the silence lengthened, Ari noticed his body sank deeper into the lumpy cushion. He allowed the chair to hug his entire frame. Ari was reminded of a small child encompassed by his mother’s embrace, allowing himself to fall asleep in her lap. Exactly the type of maternal refuge that James had never experienced. She hoped that their shared silence might serve that purpose now.