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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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    Kaylyn Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 09-29-11
    Kaylyn Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    Where does Broken for You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Gretchen Riverview, FL, United States 05-28-09
    Gretchen Riverview, FL, United States 05-28-09 Member Since 2002
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    I throughly enjoyed this book.. it was so "quirky"... I wil be recommenging it to my friends .... I also enjoyed Anna Fields ... she was excellent

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    Marsha Westport, CT, USA 11-03-08
    Marsha Westport, CT, USA 11-03-08
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    I found the storyline a bit far-fetched and quickly lost interest.

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    Teri West Bloomfield, MI, USA 07-04-07
    Teri West Bloomfield, MI, USA 07-04-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Broken For You"

    Surprised more people haven't been talking about this book. Great Book Club selection. Waiting for her next book.

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    Robin Lakeland, FL, USA 03-04-07
    Robin Lakeland, FL, USA 03-04-07
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    fun and off beat cast of characters. I loved the pursuit of love...

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    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 10-04-06
    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 10-04-06 Member Since 2013
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    I really really liked this book, if you liked the time travellers wife, the history of love, and fried green tomatoes then download this without delay

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    Kelley great bend, KS, United States 05-10-06
    Kelley great bend, KS, United States 05-10-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Characters"

    This was a wonderful book with the most unforgetable characters. I know all of these people would be my friends if I met them in real life. The story line is great as well, but the best part of this book is how well developed the characters are. You feel as if you know them.

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    TRACY HARTFORD, KS, United States 10-19-05
    TRACY HARTFORD, KS, United States 10-19-05 Member Since 2014

    Hard core Audble listener, been listening to recorded books since they were on casset tape...

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    "Love the reader"

    As I enjoy all the readings that Anna Fields does, this is no exception. I sometimes pick a book based on reader, then story and was pleasantly surprised with this book. It grew on me with each chapter. Each character held their own special place in the story.

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    Tony Lexington, KY, USA 12-17-04
    Tony Lexington, KY, USA 12-17-04
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    "Excruciatingly tired characters"

    Interesting book, interesting characters, but not interesting enough for 10 hours. The author repeated her themes ad nauseum. Plot really does matter. It's a shame this book doesn't have one.

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    Vanessa Mainz, Germany 01-08-12
    Vanessa Mainz, Germany 01-08-12
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    "Couldn't finish it ..."

    I have listened to a number of books performed by Anna Fields, and I like her style. Her performance is not the issue with Broken For You.

    The point is rather that there is no issue at all. There was nothing I hated about Broken For You but nothing I particularly liked either. Everything lukewarm. I just drifted out of it after the first third because I couldn't care for any of the characters, and I couldn't get a feel for the mood of the book. Initially, I liked the idea about the old woman and the dishes and so on but there just didn't happen anything with it.

    Basically, this novel offered nothing to anchor me to it. With all the fantastic audiobooks out there, this one can be skipped.

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