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Broken for You | [Stephanie Kallos]

Broken for You

When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world.
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Publisher's Summary

When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world. But as the two begin their tentative dance of friendship, the armor begins to fall away, and Margaret opens her house to the younger woman.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jan Mandurah, Australia 02-27-05
    Jan Mandurah, Australia 02-27-05
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    "Keeps Getting Better"

    A wonderful, unusual plot - just keeps getting better - loved the narrator (particularly that she was not afraid to sing). Even though one pre-empted the eventual connections it was great fun following the steps to the happy ending!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth San Diego, CA, USA 02-17-05
    Beth San Diego, CA, USA 02-17-05
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    "wonderful"

    I just loved this book--rich character development, a lengthy but well developed plot, and a satisfying ending where all the subplots came together. I was sad to finish it. Also, it was a very well read book, which added immensely to the experience. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 02-04-05
    Virginia Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 02-04-05
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    "Enchanting Tale"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary St. Louis , MO, USA 05-24-05
    Mary St. Louis , MO, USA 05-24-05
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    "Beware the many voiced reader"

    I stubbornly stuck it out to the end (why? I don't know) but thought I would pass out if the narrator sang one more time or created one more whiny voiced character or foreign accent. I've realized that I like my reader to read, not be a one-woman play. And the story was so long and predictable, but left so many nagging little thoughts and questions unaddressed. And the plot "twists" were so incredibly contrived and yet frustrating. Definitely not a favorite!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rena Alisa Los Gatos, CA, US 07-02-12
    Rena Alisa Los Gatos, CA, US 07-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very poorly written"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Brookline, NH, United States 08-29-11
    Lynn Brookline, NH, United States 08-29-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A good summer listen - nothing wrong with it"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle waycross, GA, USA 02-21-08
    Michelle waycross, GA, USA 02-21-08 Member Since 2005
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    "delightful"

    This was a delightful and cute story of people misplaced and found. I recommend it to others looking for a light read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lise amherst, MA, United States 01-28-08
    Lise amherst, MA, United States 01-28-08 Member Since 2005
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    "just ok"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Jordan NY 07-09-07
    L. Jordan NY 07-09-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Absolutely Horrible"

    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.

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    Laura Mae Boston, MA USA 04-18-07
    Laura Mae Boston, MA USA 04-18-07 Member Since 2004
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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