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
I would recommend this book, but I was hoping for a much happier ending. The author builds all relationships incredibly well, making it very difficult to stop listening.
Say something about yourself!
I read this book in 2013 and it is one of the few books I've had the pleasure or even want of reading (listening) to again. It gives a really good tug on the heart strings. For those that liked "The Help".
You have to get past the first bit of the book when she is young. It sets you up fir the powerful story it becomes. I was so emotional reading this book. The story is heartbreaking but beautiful.
a wonderful novel that keeps a great plot going throughout the book. placed in a unique time in history as well as location. historically accurate. easy to listen to.
I had never heard of this book before and felt truly blessed to have listened to a wonderful narrator tell such a true rendering story of prejudice and love between the young at heart and the bond between the young and old.
I would recommend this book to all ages and listening is truly the best way when you can hear the voice of the times.
A story of racial tension set in the 1930’s, it started out well and I had such high hopes. My first problem was that the pace was quite slow. With Audible that is a quick fix with just boosting the speed. That worked till the content started to drag. A great deal of repetitive fretting and lamenting occurred.
The male characters had not been developed enough to make the relationships remotely believable. Isabelle had an adolescent crush on Robert. How their relationship went beyond that was not likely, given the flat dialog between them. I also should mention that I found it hard to believe that they would not have considered their loved ones as well. Robert’s family suffered as a result to their relationship. I can’t imagine that would not have been considered before doing something so cavalier.
It was worthy of ten hours of listening, if you are doing something that doesn’t require a lot of thought
I happened to run across this book at a store and bought it for my Mom last year as part of her birthday present. I hadn't heard anything about it but the cover grabbed me. I'm a black woman born in Arkansas but raised in California from 3 yrs old. My family was at the tail end of the Black Migration from the South (1968) so I was always educated about the struggles between blacks and whites in the South. Relationships (both romantic and friendly) between the races was always a touchy subject for the time and I think this book touched on that topic well and with sensitivity to both perspectives.
My Mom zoomed through it and once I finally accepted that I wouldn't be able to read it myself I got the audiobook. It is now one of my favorites and I know I will listen again and again. LOVED having 2 different narrators for the 2 main characters! I thought, "This should be a movie!" So I searched and found that Warner Bros. bought the rights. I'm praying they don't let it sit and gather dust because I think it could be an awesome movie (if they stick with the book)! Very well done!
Wow. Narration was great and really had me loving this book the whole time. A great story about being open minded and questioning whether it's better to have loved and lost rather than never loved at all.
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