Calling Me Home

Calling Me Home

Book - 2013
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A debut novel 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: drop everything and drive from Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. Tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own, agrees. It's a journey that changes both their lives, as she learns Isabelle's tale of a forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences-- a tale that just might help Dorrie find her own way.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250014528
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jul 27, 2017

An excellent story. Really hits you in the feels at the end. Would highly recommend it to anyone who liked The Help.

Sep 04, 2016

Read the first 100 pages and decided against continuing. Thought the first chapter was promising but the characters turned out to be two dimensional. The scene walking home from the club with Robert was painful for its predictability. Good premise and I liked the beauty parlor relationship but I just didn't think the story was going to deliver.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

Calling Me Home is surprising because, though it starts on a path very familiar, the journey takes a turn, goes in a completely different direction than expected, and becomes a story that feels genuine.

Kibler does a fabulous job finding the voices of these characters and staying in them. The pacing is good; the story was interesting and mostly logical. The biggest flaw with this book, in my opinion, is the author's attempt to withhold information for the sake of suspense. It's something I've come to expect from these book-club books, but it didn't settle well for this one.

Uyc Apr 27, 2016

This is one of those stories that just pulls you into the era and has some very believable characters. I felt many emotions throughout this book and it really highlights the differential treatment given to those of a different skin colour. Good, easy read.

pearldew Jan 29, 2015

Excellent! Literally couldn't put it down.

Dec 22, 2014

A great book that brings to light what both black and white women faced years ago and how some things haven't changed. Also, the love of a child is above all.

Aug 20, 2014

An excellent read. I kept stretching out my reading times to delay finishing it as long as possible! I highly recommend it.

JCLColleenO Apr 16, 2014

This is a wonderful story of forbidden love in 1930's Kentucky, between a young, white, privileged doctor's daughter, and the black son of the family's housekeeper.

Feb 24, 2014

Tremendous story-telling. I love that this book is likened to The Help. Poignant ending.

martyarty Aug 08, 2013

When I first started this book, I wasn't very sure I would like it at first. But as I kept reading, I not liked it I loved it! It had a fascinating story that kept me glued to the last page. One of the better books I have read in quite a while. Usually I pick them up and reject them after so many pages. This one I could not put down and at the end I repeated several times "this was a very good book"

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M_ALCOTT Jun 29, 2015

"When I met Miss Isabelle, she acted more like Miss Miserabelle, and that's a fact. But I didn't think she was a racist. God's honest truth, it was the furthest thing from my mind. I may look young, thank you very much, but I've had this gig awhile. I knew almost right away Miss Isabelle carried troubles more significant than worrying about the color of my skin. As pretty as she was for an eighty-year-old woman, there was something dark below her surface, and it kept her from being soft. But I was never one to press for all the details--could be that was part of the beauty of the thing. I've learned that people talk when they're ready."-Dorrie, Present Day; excerpt "Calling Me Home"

M_ALCOTT Jun 29, 2015

"Robert Prewitt, I think ...I think I might love you."-Isabelle

M_ALCOTT Jun 29, 2015

"Isabelle. What happened tonight? It can't ever be more than that--a nice memory. For the both of us. You know it. Anyone ever finds out I kissed you, you know what they will do to me? What your momma will do to you? It's impossible."-Robert

M_ALCOTT Jun 29, 2015

"Robert was right. Marriage between Negroes and whites was not only taboo but also illegal. What good was our love if consecration in the eyes of God and the law was forbidden?"-Isabelle, 1939; excerpt "Calling Me Home"

M_ALCOTT Jun 29, 2015

[Inscription on the band of the tiny silver thimble, engraved with intricate, interlocking flowers.]
"Faith. Hope. Love."


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APlazek Mar 01, 2013

Calling Me Home, a debut novel by Julie Kibler, is a heart-wrenching story of forbidden love and loss. Isabelle McAllister is pushing 90 and needs to travel from Texas to Cincinnati for a funeral so she asks her hairdresser who has befriended her over the past 10 years to drive her there. Dorrie is a black single mother who is struggling with her current relationship and other parenting issues, but she thinks so highly of Isabelle that she agrees. The road trip allows plenty of time for Isabelle to share stories about her first love, Robert, a young black man whose family worked for hers. The story is beautifully written and intersperses stories from Isabelle’s youth with what they are experiencing on the road and problems Dorrie is facing in her current relationships. A phenomenal book that fans of The Help would enjoy.


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