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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Rebecca
  • Plainfield, VT, United States
  • 10-04-06

Download NOW

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

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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  • HARTFORD, KS, United States
  • 10-19-05

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

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.

7 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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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