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)
Was this really only (12) hours ? It felt endless. The story had such a great start, but at the half-way point, all the interest went out of the story; the focus of the story became the dysfunction and damaged emotional condition of the characters, and it was a chore to finish the book. So disappointing
Listening to this story was quite an experience. The reader's performance was fantastic -- among the best I've ever listened to. The book was somehow very slow to unfold but then very quick to wrap up. It seemed there was a lot of prelude -- and then from the point of the car accident on -- it was like the author was on a downhill wrap up -- working sometimes too hard to tie up all of the loose ends. Through it all, even when I was frustrated with the above mentioned issues with the story -- I was enchanted YES enchanted by the reader.
I was sad to learn that Ms. Fields passed away in a flash flood while trying to rescue her recording equipment and found myself deeply moved by her obituary as it aired on NPR -- that I found in my google search of her. I would recommend this book simply for the reader's performance. It was amazing listening to her tell me a story.
really bad plot, and ridiculous characters
never got the point of this book... gave up
This certainly was a many-faceted story with a multitude of characters and some plot twists. It is not one of my favorites but it was worth reading and I would reccomend it to others. It has humor and suspense. Narration is well suited to the story.
I loved this book. It is a very touching book about the very best in human beings who are there for each other and change each others lives for the better. I enjoyed all the different characters who were described so well I felt as if they really exist somewhere in the world.
I am usually pretty good about guessing what is going to happen, but this book had a few twists that I didn't see coming, which is nice. Narrator is great! Nice to listen to. A bit of bad language and one or two brief and not too detailed sex scenes.
Likes a variety of genres including but not limited to: non-fiction suspense
Ittmade me laugh, it made me cry. It was a great read.
Surprised more people haven't been talking about this book. Great Book Club selection. Waiting for her next book.
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