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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

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Hope they make a movie!!

A little slow moving at first but I spent many nights up far too long just to get a little more. Funny, sad and touching all rolled into one! Both main characters brought something unique to the story. This is one I will listen to again.

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Excellent read

Would you listen to Calling Me Home again? Why?

I hardly ever listen to a book more than once, so no, I would not listen to this one again. It was however, well written and the main characters were complex and well developed. The mystery was interesting since here were several facets to it. I enjoyed it.

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Tender and sweet.

tender and sweet. I gave it 5 stars not because it was profoundly written, not because each line was lyrical, but because I just couldn't stop listening. Perhaps. the story line is a bit predictable, perhaps it's a story that's been written before, but it was lovely. it jerked at my heart in sweet and simple ways. Its a story that needs to be told over and over and over until the hearts of all people are open to all of our beautiful diversity. Its a story of tearing down walls from a very old time. Tender and sweet. I'm sure I will listen to this book again.

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WORDS cannot describe!

I have a lump in my throat from this book on tape. The story makes you want to keep listening all day and night, LITERALLY!!!
The readers of this book made me feel like they were sitting on my sofa talking to me. I thought Miya Angelou's biography and Witney Houston's mother reading her book were my two most favorite books on tape. Calling me home is right up there, perhaps in the lead now. I suggest this book for a road trip because you won't want to turn it off.

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I really wanted to like it

I really wanted to like this book for two reasons: 1. Bahni Turpin, 2. The reader reviews were so overwhelmingly positive that it seemed I couldn't possibly go wrong picking this book as my next listen. Wrong I went.

This is a book which reinforces stereotypes, simplifies complexities, and doesn't attempt to ask or raise a single question. The characters and plot are so absurd that it can't even count as entertaining. This book was not worth of such amazing narrations from these two fine women.

The story is simplistic, the characters are flat. The narration of Isabelle is done in the past tense, while Dorrie's is in the present. Near the end, their stories clumsily converge.

Isabelle is viewed by everyone in her life as perfect. Dorrie listens to her sad and depressing story for days on the way to a funeral, never once criticizing Miss Isabelle for a single thing. In fact, she holds her on a pedestal as the utmost example of a human being. This contrasts with the actual portrayal of Isabelle, which proves her to be an irritating, selfish, and implausibly naive girl and then woman.

Dorrie's story, on the other hand, seems random and at odds with the major plot (Isabelle's story). It is also disturbingly reflective of negative stereotypes. Mostly, it seemed that Dorrie was only put into the story in order to praise Miss Isabelle and try to convince the reader of her goodness, and to revise her own life after having Miss Isabelle's bright white light shown upon her. Ick.

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Go in blind!!!!

So. I started this book with no knowledge what so ever of its contents besides the fist few pages that I listened to. I decided the narrator sounded good and a hairdresser was one of the characters Ok I'm in. Sooo so glad that is all I had. I would so not have gave it a chance if I knew the summary let me tell you that. This book was so good I can not recommend it enough. Blind is the best way though for sure!!!!

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Liked the story, but got tired of some of the long-winded descriptives. Kept my interest and kept me guessing.

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Bring on the Tissues!

It's been a very long time since I cried reading or listening to a book. This one got to me many times. An amazing, lovely story. So relevant even in the 21st century. We've come a long way, but still have so much farther to go.

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Beautiful

Such a beautiful story of survival and the love that never dies! Proof that friends comes in all shapes and sizes, and pulls us through the hardest times of our lives.

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So sad, but unfortunately true in our history!

I did enjoy this book. It is so sad the things that happened to these characters, but so believable true. The events in this story document some of the darks parts of our American history.

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