Share in the struggles and triumphs of women as they blaze their way through their lives, and sometimes through history. These books by our members will help you appreciate a woman’s point of view.

Karen Gorback

Freshman Mom

Meredith Lieberman wanted to go back to college for a long time; but without encouragement or support, she settles into the life of a wife and mother — until one day, eighteen years into her marriage, her husband leaves for a “more spiritual life” and Meredith makes the difficult decision to go back to school.  Her teenage daughter thinks Meredith is going through a “midlife crisis” and says, “Don’t they have hormones for that sort of thing?” Freshman Mom is a fast-paced, contemporary novel, filled with the angst of parenthood, the challenges of college, and the uncertainty of new relationships.  Through laughter and tears, Meredith brings us along for the ride of a lifetime as a Freshman Mom.  See the trailer at

The book won the 2015 Regional Excellence Book Award in Adult Fiction for the Western Region and was a finalist in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.



“I couldn’t put it down.  I read it in one day.” —Lisa, a verified Amazon purchaser

“Great fun, light reading! Hoping there is a sequel.” —Debbie, a verified Amazon purchaser.

About the Author

Karen Gorback has been a VCWC member since 1999, serving on the board as the membership chair, treasurer and president.   Her short stories have placed in a number of the club’s contests and her one-act plays were selected over several years for production in the New Works Festival at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita.  Her memoir “Sinks and Cabbages” won first place in the club’s Inaugural Memoir Contest.   A career educator, Karen worked for more than 35 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator. She currently volunteers as a commissioner on the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging, where she serves as the program and publicity chair.  Her article titled “Headed for the Future: A Boomer’s Guide to Returning to College” was featured as the cover story in the Spring 2014 CSA (Certified Senior Advisors) Journal.  She was honored as the 2015 Ms. Senior Ventura County and competed in the Ms. Senior California Pageant.   Karen’s debut novel Freshman Mom (2013) is based on a short story titled “Going Back,” which won second place in the 2000 VCWC Short Story Contest.   Karen enjoys speaking to groups on a variety of topics related to writing and may be reached through her website.