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Calling Me Home

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Staff Review: "Calling Me Home" by Julie Kibler


Based on a family secret revealed to her, Kibler turns her grandmother’s story of forbidden love into an impossible-to-put-down, page-turner of a novel. This is the story of a journey taken by eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister and Dorrie Curtis, a single mom struggling to find her way. Dorrie has taken care of Isabelle’s hair for years, first in the salon and now at home as Isabelle’s health declines. Their closeness and mutual respect goes deeper than that of professional and client. So when Isabelle asks, Dorrie doesn’t hesitate to do her a favor by driving Isabelle to an event which is shrouded in mystery. Along the way, Isabelle begins to share the story of her life. She reveals how as a young girl, she fell in love with a young black man; an unforgivable and forbidden choice for a white girl in the old south. As we learn the heartbreaking story of Isabelle’s life, we also see the deepening relationship between Isabelle and Dorrie, and Dorrie’s transformation as she applies Isabelle’s life lessons to her own life. Haunting, emotional, and highly relevant, this beautifully written debut novel is not to be missed.

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, romance

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