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  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (12 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250014522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250014528
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.1 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,823,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Kibler began writing Calling Me Home after learning a bit of family lore: as a young woman, her grandmother fell in love with a young black man in an era and locale that made the relationship impossible. When not writing, she enjoys travel, independent films, music, photography, and corralling her teenagers and rescue dogs. She lives in Arlington, Texas. Calling Me Home is her debut novel.

Discover more at JulieKibler.com, facebook.com/juliekiblerauthor @juliekibler

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"'I laughed out loud in places and had tears in my eyes as I turned the last page. I can't wait to watch Julie Kibler's star rise!' Diane Chamberlain" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Julie Kibler grew up in Kentucky, New Mexico, and Colorado, then moved to Texas to attend college and stayed because even the strangers were friendly. Aside from writing, she is a freelance editor and tries to keep up with her teenagers and a couple of shelter dogs who don't always appreciate their rescue. Julie Kibler began writing Calling Me Home after learning a bit of family lore - as a teen, her white paternal grandmother fell in love with a young black man, but their families tore them apart. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jun. 2013
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The novel begins slowly and gently but will have you in tears before the end. Well I cried lots, and that doesn't happen often.

Based on events in her own grandmothers life this is a fictionalised story mainly set in the late 1930's in Kentucky.
Isabelle is a rebellious over protected sixteen year old who falls in love with the black housekeeper's son Robert.
In the chapters set in the present day Isabelle is now 89 years old and is being driven to a funeral by Dorrie the young black woman who is her hairdresser. The two women have been friendly but neither really knows the other well. This will change over the two day journey.

As they travel the 1,000 mile journey Isabelle tells Dorrie the story of her life, Dorrie tries to cope with her family problems by phone and together they both handle the casual racism that is still part of everyday life.

The racism of the 1930's is intense, shocking and cruel. Human beings can be so cruel, also so cold and unfeeling even towards their own family.

What makes the book so good is that it really picks up a pace and carries you along with all the different feelings and emotions. The characters are beautifully written and vivid. Close to the finish I was so immersed that I couldn't stop reading until the last page.

This not a depressing read either, sad and emotional yes. It is also packed with details and information about that era which I found interesting and I learnt a lot while reading.
Totally recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia Wilson on 6 Sept. 2014
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Wow, what a book! What a story! It had me hooked from page one! The story is set both in modern day and 1939 southern America. Isabelle is just 16 in 1939 when she falls in love with Robert, the son of her mother's housekeeper, Cora. Life is full of difficulties, but Isabelle is determined to marry Robert, her one true love. But does she? And how will life treat a mixed race couple in 1939?
Fast forward to modern day...Isabelle asks her hairdresser and friend Dorrie to drive her a thousand miles to a funeral. The pair set off, and it is during this journey that both Dorrie and the reader get to hear the story of Isabelle's teenage years and her one true love.
The book alternates between present day and 1939, using the perspective of Isabelle and Dorrie to tell the stories.
For the hopelessly romantic reader, it is a sweeping love story, but the racism of 1939 will make your blood boil. I got totally engrossed in the novel, and really loved the way Julie Kibler wrote the beautiful final chapter.
I can highly recommend Calling Me Home. The reader will work through many emotions, but will be glad they picked up a copy to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Magdalena Jordan on 19 Mar. 2014
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This is a beautiful and touching story about the most important values in humans life and about the great power of love. We get also an interesting social background, focused especially on the racial discrimination in former times and nowadays, too. Deep and true. Strongly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fw on 11 April 2014
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This story of the deep south and ingrained racial divisions really drew me in and I found it difficult to put down. Good ending too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaryKate on 21 Sept. 2013
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I bought this to read on the beach. It was enjoyable and quite well written - in no way as good though as The Help to which it has been compared. I did cry towards the end though!
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What a great story to read while on holiday. Cover shows a black boy and white girl, so you know it is a love story and a love story pretty much doomed to fail. Which is exactly what happens. But what terrific story telling it is, leaving the reader with the whole whirl of emotions during the course of the story.

Isabelle McAllister is 90 years old, lives in a small town in Texas. Like any 90 year old she has a story or two to tell. Over a ten year period, she has developed a close friendship with her hairdresser, Dorrie, a black woman in her 30s. One day Isabelle asks Dorrie to drive her from Texas to Cincinnati, Ohio - a journey of some days - so Isabelle can attend a funeral. The resulting road trip, which would appear to be most unusual venture - elderly white woman being driven across coutnry by young black woman - draws its fair share of comment and feedback from those they encounter on the way. But it does allow Isabelle to tell her story of forbidden love. Dorrie, a single parent, meanwhile has her own problems with her teenage son, and trying to find the courage to trust what appears to finally be a decent man in her life.

Isabelle's story, beginning in 1939, is riveting, Dorrie's not so much. In fact compared to the social mores of 1939, Dorrie really has nothing to complain about, and by the end of the book she has finally woken her ideas up, sorted herself and her family out. Whew. She really needed to give herself a kick in the pants! But Isabelle, wow she was quite something. As a teenager she falls madly in love with Robert, the teenage son of the family's housekeeper, Cora. Robert and his younger sister Nell, have grown up with Isabelle, whose father is the local doctor.
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An amazing debut novel many years in the conception, according to the author, revealing a not so hidden history in the development of inter personal relationships in the U.S. at a time of such intense racial bigotry that African Americans in small towns were advised to be gone by sunset.

Unimaginable in this new enlightened century? unfortunately not, the story reads as all too contemporary as fear now embraces the prejudices of old.

The book is a visual panorama of times gone past and the effects they have had on the present. We carry history with us always.

"Calling Me Home" is destined to become a classic. It manages to steer clear of the abyss of sentimentality that other novels dealing with this edgy subject often topple in to. It will with certainty be transformed into the kind of film that will do at the box office while subverting the text into a palatable feast for cinema goers. This has happened all to often recently.

Miss Kibler had tapped into the current zeitgeist for telling the truth about how it was, how history has coloured all our visions of the past in order to forgive past misdemeanors.

Tears will be shed as the author is a master at the use of language to wring emotion from her well rounded characters but redemption is the key and a realisation that the past can not be changed though hopefully the same mistakes will not be made.

This is a winner and no doubt we will be hearing much more of this writer
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