Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.
Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.
©2013 Julie Kibler (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc
This is a well written book. The performance by the readers was excellent. This was a challenge because each reader had to read some dialog by the other character and come close to matching the voice so it is not jarring when the next chapter starts read by the other character. The ending was excellent.
Loved this book, almost had me in tears. Great listen and great naration.
Great story telling
I felt like I was with them on this trip. My interest remained intense the whole way.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have EVER listened to.
Too hard to pick between Dorie and Miss Isabelle. They are so amazing and I was instantly in love with both of them.
I bought this book just because it was narrated by Bahni Turpin because I loved her in The Help. Lorna Raver had the perfect voice to play Miss Isabelle. This is the first book I have heard her narrate and I couldn't imagine a better duo.
The entire last 2 hours of the book was spent in tears. I listen to my audio books while driving - through bluetooth - back and forth to work on the beltway outside of DC. This drive is very stressful. However, once Dorie and Miss Isabelle got to Cincinnati, I couldn't stop listening. I couldn't stop crying. I wasn't in my car, I was in the car with them. Even though I was drawn in from the very beginning of this book, once Robert showed up in his uniform, I was transported back to 1941.
I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. Worth every penny....
This was a great story - It was a gentle uplifting read and the characters were so real and likable. I loved it. I would love to have more by this author.
Calling Me Home is a beautifully written story about love, loss, and family.
It does take a while to get going. For a long time I was trying to decide if I liked it and if I even wanted to continue listening, but I continued; slowly, and am very glad I did. I eventually found myself wondering what will happen next, and I was surprised at each bend and turn the story took.
The writing style is fantastic as well. The dual narration really makes the story come alive and easy to follow. Bahni and Lorna do a fantastic job with different voices and emotion.
The two main characters, Isabelle and Dory, go on a great adventure together. Dory's story is told in the present day while you learn of Isabelle's life through her 90-something old eyes and memories as she recounts her story to Dory.
You may be weary at first, but trust me, you will not regret listening to this book. It is truly beautiful and definitely worth the credit and time!
This was one of the best books I have read in years and is probably in my top 20 overall. The fact that this is Kibler's debut novel amazes me. This book flowed like honey, it was smooth and sucked you in but gave you time to take in the story. Remember though, that with honey comes bees and this book has no shortage of heart wrenching stingers.
A story of forbidden love, family ties, and the daily struggles of life. Dorrie and Isabelle give us a road trip through their lives and drive their way straight into our hearts. Grab some Kleenex, a blanket, and eventually ice cream, because by the time this book is through with you... you'll need them all. Don't forget to go get a hug while you're at it so you don't just crumble to the ground, okay?
I thought this quote was a pretty accurate description of the book:
"If Julie Kibler's novel Calling Me Home were a young woman, her grandmother would be To Kill a Mockingbird, her sister would be The Help and her cousin would be The Notebook. But even with such iconic relatives, Calling Me Home stands on her own; this novel uncovers a painful past that tells us so much about who we are, where we're going, and the people who are traveling with us." –Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home.
I have only heard the audio book. The narrators were great and I think added to the story.
The storyline was interesting. The way it jumped back in time was smooth. The way it brought the two women together was great.
I believe it is an apt name.
The narration was the best .
I can't say what is the most memorable moment without giving away one of the most important events in the book..
Yes, and this is the best by far by both narrators.
Isabelle because she has had a pretty rough and eventful life.
I didn't want this book to end. I miss all the characters. This is the best book that I have read in a long time.
Calling Me Home is by far one of my favorite books this year. The story line is heartbreaking, gut wrenching but so so possibly true. The social reality revealed in Calling Me Home really helped me open my eyes to what it mean to be a minority during early American times.
Favorite: When Isabelle was tending to the rose bush outside her home and Robert showed up. My least favorite: When Isabelle's mother did the unthinkable. Ugh, that woman. Still gets me mad just thinking about what she did.
I loved the contrast of their voices in the audio book. Both readers read so well.
Robert. Who doesn't want a man like Robert?
I was disappointed that Robert and Isabelle didn't get to spend but fragments of their lives together ... that Isabelle never knew Pearl existed.
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