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
Quite likely. The choice in Lorna Raver and Banhi Turpin as narrators was a good one... voices nearly pitch-perfect, though Lorna Raver's voice could get a little over-dramatic, and Bahni Turpin uncharacteristically read a couple passages with less inflection that called for. These instances were rare, and it was an enjoyable read
When Dorie found out who broke into her office and why... the anger came right through.
And the heartbreak of Isabel losing Robert
Both Dorie and Isabel. They obviously took center stage, and some of the other characters weren't as flushed out... but they were great!
Both, in parts... the scene with the hotel night manager made me laugh out loud
Great book, depicting the complex race relations that are still ongoing today. Tackling it both from a white and African-American perspective - peeling back the layers of prejudice on both sides - was well done.
Yes, it was a suspenseful tale of heartache and loss.
The comparisons of Dorrie's and Isable's lives even when they were so different.
I truly enjoyed this listen . As a hairstylist of 21 years I could so relate to so many of the things Dory said ,did and to the relationships she had with some of her clients. Sometimes if you are loving people like Dory and I ,we get our hearts broke by getting so close to people. This story was a picture of a beautiful relationship though.
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.
Mid-60s; love true stories of endurance.
I loved the sound of the voices of Isa & Dorrie.
Isabelle was a product of the time she was born. I felt so sorry for her.
My favorite character was Isa.
No, I've never listed to an Audible all at once.
Looking forward to reading more from Julie Kibler.
The Journalist who loves Jack Russels!
Love conquerors all.
Two completely different people (Dori and Isabel - the Odd couple) coming together introduced me to several diverse families only to find they had many things in common (fears, pain, struggles and more) that truly enlightened and, I am certain, affected several generations.
My greatest moment was Isabel's father and his quiet, yet effective way of showing his complete love and devotion towards his daughter. Isabel's father was the blessing his daughter needed (though she never knew how much until close to the end of the book). He was a source in mentoring and supporting Robert's education. He took care of Isabel and Robert's daughter unbeknown to them (along with the support of Robert's family) all the while never stepping out from the background (or the wicked control of his wife's presence) to make a scene. Wow, he was incredible.
I also loved Dori's way of loving her son when he needed him most. I only wished Dori joy would have been more notable early on during the long saga. Though giving the times this book was written, I understood, but it seemed Dori's story offered light to far towards the end.
Nothing short of Excellent!!
Yes. Isabel's discovery of the truth and how her mother wrote a note to say Isabel didn't want her child and do not contact them. Errrr, heartbreaking and moving.
This was an excellent book. It brought me full circle with my own prejudices, especially how my emotions ran hard when Robert was branded like real animal by two knuckleheads and, Isabel's wicked and hurtful mother. Awful. Yet, those parts played well within the book because once Dori and Isabel came to Cincinnati, my heart was moved by all that Isabel discovered about her daughter.
No one can really know the heart of man except God Himself This book brought back many memories of a horrific timeline.
Calling Me Home - A Great Book!
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
I love the story especially the ending. I could relate to all of the characters, having grown up in the time period and in the South. It is totally believable. I loved the ending!
At the top. This is an awesome book.
I think this is the best audible book and performance of the 100+ books in our audible library.
This is the best book I've listened to in a LONG time. I bawled my eyes out, the sign of a good book to me! I enjoyed the readers, and absolutely LOVED the story. Amazing.
Yes, my daughter recommended it to me.
Both of the main ladies
the love they both were seeking
A Different time and Place
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