This launches a series of remarkable and unanticipated events, leading Margaret to discover a way to redeem her cursed past and Wanda to learn the true purpose of her cross-country journey.
Exuberant, heartbreaking, and alive with a potpourri of eccentric and irresistible characters, Broken for You is a testament to the saving graces of surrogate families and shows how far the tiniest repair jobs can go in righting the world's wrongs.
©2004 Stephanie Kallos; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Well-crafted plotting and crackling wit make this debut novel by Seattle author Kallos a delight to read and a memory to savor." (Booklist)
"[A] dreamy, powerful tale of familial warring, secrets, and redemption....This haunting, memorable debut is reminiscent of early Atwood, peopled by lovably imperfect and eccentric characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"A dazzling mosaic of intersecting lives and fates...[A] multi-layered rhapsody....Kallos has a rare, deft way with whimsy, dream sequences and hallucinations. Comparisons to John Irving and Tennesse Williams would not be amiss in this show-stopping debut." (Kirkus Reviews)
A delightful book with very real and interesting characters. Even at the very end, when you think you know what will happen, you can't wait to finish it. I enjoyed it thouroughly.
"Broken for You" is original on many levels, fresh in concept, looking at a theme rarely examined in fiction: the question of how to live with an ill-gotten legacy. The prose is well crafted and the plot is vibrant, with characters who are both flawed and sympathetic. I found it difficult to put this story aside and replayed portions of it several times.
The reader is wonderful, with a pleasant, clear voice for the narration and a strong delineation between the characters. I've enjoyed her reading in other works as well. I highly recommend this book.
Kallos' writing is dense and opulent, her characters deep and complicated. Still, there is nothing grim in Broken For You. I clipped paragraphs a dozen times while I read this book. I doubt there will be many readers who will not find personal associations - maybe even resolutions - in the last three chapters. The narrator is fantastic! She starts with a no-nonsense reading style and then opens up with accents and pitches that perfectly represent each character.
This author is an Ann Prachett "wannabe". She can turn a good phrase and paint a good scene. But, however well intended, Kallos does not know how to invent or develop even one interesting character. Each of her several protagonists are wooden and dripping with sacarin. This is the work of a a journalist trying to be a novelist. Her characters are one dimensional. Her plot is impossible. Kallos may know how to do research but she doesn't know how to craft a plot or create real people. The Holocaust material is poorly done and downright insulting. This is an awful book and was a waste of my time.
This book was an easy, breezy, summer read. A bit predictable, a few story lines that sounded a little familiar, and characters that you loved, but were not tremendously deep or distinctive. At the end of the day, I would say I truly enjoyed the book, but it is not one I'd run out and tell everyone I know to read/listen, nor do I think it will stick in my memory. I think it has a place in your library for when you're in the mood for something requiring a relatively low investment of effort - and we all need that every now and then!
Implausible plot turns, but nicely moving story line. The characters are one-dimensional and the imagery a bit heavy-handed. I thought the narrator does a poor job of the main character's voice, and of the Seattle Parisian refugee whose accent is more New York German immigrant. This was rather distracting.
I am abandoning this book with about 4 hours to go. I have never done that before. This book makes no sense, is disjointed, and is generally just boring.
I really can't believe how many people liked this book, I guess it just wasn't for me. I found the characters and story soooo boring and the overdramtic narration made me crazy. This is the only book I've gotten from audible that I never finished.
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