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Calling Me Home
Calling Me Home
Author: Julie Kibler
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship. — Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop every...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781250020437
ISBN-10: 1250020433
Publication Date: 1/7/2014
Pages: 352
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 42
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Helpful Score: 6
Hands down the best women's fiction book I've read in a long time. It will break your heart, and it will soothe your heart. I wanted to hug this book and not let go. Highly recommended!
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Helpful Score: 1
I'm so charged up emotionally right now since I just finished this book!
I can't stop thinking about the unforgettable love between Isabelle and Robert, flawlessly told in alternate chapters during 1939 and present day. This is such a beautiful, heart wrenching, sad love story with a surprise ending I didn't see coming. All I can say, is read this book and keep the tissues nearby.
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Helpful Score: 1
Julie Kibler's debut novel tackles many themes common to Southern fiction: race relations; interracial marriage; family secrets; and unexpected friendship. The story is split between a present-day road trip from Arlington, Texas, to Cincinnati for 30-something Dorrie and almost-90 Isabelle, and a flashback to Isabelle's coming of age in the 1930s. Of particular interest is an explanation of the "sundown" law in Isabelle's small Kentucky town which prohibited blacks in town after dark. Interestingly, these laws were in no way limited to just the South but were found as far west as California in the 1930s. I like the way this book compared and contrasted race relations between Isabelle's "then" and Dorrie and Isabelle's "now," but - at the same time - there was something lacking for me and I never felt fully engaged. Despite this sentiment, I believe Julie Kibler is a fine writer and I look forward to reading her future books.
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