Calling Me Home - Julie Kibler

Calling Me Home

By Julie Kibler

  • Release Date: 2013-02-12
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • Size: 1.58 MB
Score: 4.5
From 401 Ratings

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A National Best Seller!

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.

Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son's irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.

Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply 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 makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle's first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.


  • Calling Me Home

    By KathiAnn
    Touching novel. Well written. Throughout the read I was reminded of ‘Monica Wood’s ‘The One in a Million Boy’, another touching novel.
  • Calling Me Home

    By emwahlee
    Great book with surprising ending! Page turner for sure!!!
  • Calling me home

    By Bruce Kuhn
    Awesome story-- cried for the couple hundred pages. Great portrayal of Americas ugly racism -- but the power of the human spirit.Thank you for such an excellent read.
  • Great but sad read

    By jennay1615
    This was a sad book but excellent. Recommend it to anyone.
  • Beautiful story of love, loss, and racism

    By Holabacho
    This is the best thing since the help! Romance, horror, violence, an amazing plot, and deep characters. I loved it and it even made me cry by the end. Riveting story of the power of love and how it cans defy all boundaries. My rating: PG-13/ for thematic and disturbing images, graphic violence including torture, and sexuality
  • Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

    By Taeeh
    This is one of the most wonderful books I have read. By the time I finished it, which only took 2 days as I could not put it down, I was sobbing and smiling at the same time.
  • One of the best

    By Illinois Tracking
    Buy it and read! You will so enjoy.
  • Calling me home

    By Don't look at the tags.
    CALLING ME HOME... It's been many years since I have read a book that had me so engaged in the characters that I did not want to partake in the daily adventures of my own life. The authors clever wit made me giggle, while her sensitivity to deep emotional issues made me weep. The best I can describe Julie Kiblier's debut novel is a love story that will pull on your heart strings like The Notebook while make you question racial boundaries and prejudices like The Help. Like Dottie, I am a better person having known Miss Isabelle.
  • Wonderful

    By Heart felt story
    This book told a wonderful story. I just loved it. Would love to see this as a movie, the way I seen it in my head while reading.
  • Calling Me Home

    By 714MRP
    I absolutely loved this book! I just couldn't wait to keep reading, avoiding the things that needed to be done just to get a few more pages read. I live in South Texas where racists definitely still exist, this book just brought it home to me how much we are all the same. The book was so well written, I fell in love with the characters and will miss them all now that it is finished. I would recommend this book to anyone, perhaps it will open the heart of a few. Thank you for a wonderful week of reading and living with your imagination, Julie Kibler. WRITE SOME MORE!