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Julie Kibler
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Book Description

20 Jun 2013

A moving love story inspired by a true story and perfect for fans of The Help

In a time of hate, would you stand up for love?

Shalerville, Kentucky, 1939. A world where black maids and handymen are trusted to raise white children and tend to white houses, but from which they are banished after dark.

Sixteen-year-old Isabelle McAllister, born into wealth and privilege, finds her ordered life turned upside down when she becomes attracted to Robert, the ambitious black son of her family’s housekeeper. Before long Isabelle and Robert are crossing extraordinary, dangerous boundaries and falling deeply in love.

Many years later, eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle will travel from her home in Arlington, Texas, to Ohio for a funeral. With Isabelle is her hairstylist and friend, Dorrie Curtis – a black single mother with her own problems. Along the way, Isabelle will finally reveal to Dorrie the truth of her painful past: a tale of forbidden love, the consequences of which will resound for decades . . .

‘If Julie Kibler's novel Calling Me Home were a young woman, her grandmother would be To Kill a Mockingbird, her sister would be The Help and her cousin would be The Notebook. But even with such iconic relatives, Calling Me Home stands on her own’ Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home

‘Julie Kibler’s writing is so wise and assured. I laughed out loud in places and had tears in my eyes as I turned the last page’ Diane Chamberlain

'If you liked The Help by Kathryn Stockett, you’ll absolutely love Calling Me Home' Red magazine


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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (20 Jun 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1447212568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447212560
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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‘Before I started reading Calling Me Home, I knew that this was Pan Macmillan’s lead fiction debut of 2013, and that Warner Bros had snapped up the film rights, but nothing prepared me for the overwhelming roller coaster of emotions induced by the astonishingly talented Julie Kibler’s debut novel . . . I cried, and I cried, and after I’d finished crying I cried a bit more. And when people asked what was wrong when I arrived at Fabulous HQ the next day, complete with puffy eyes and blotchy skin, I muttered something incomprehensible about a book that I’d finished reading the night before. In short: Calling Me Home left me speechless. So be prepared to embark on a heart-rending journey during which you will laugh, cry and stare astonished at the very words on the page. No words can quite pinpoint the magic and resonance of this incredible novel, so all that I can say is: you must read this!’ Fabulous magazine

'A beautiful story, beautifully told. The quality of the writing is first class. Whenever I put it down, I always looked forward to coming back to it and I'm sad to have finished it. What I particularly liked was the lack of mawkishness in the book. Both the main characters are very likeable and not in the least martyred despite all they've been through. By the end, they felt like friends to me; two women whose company and whose stories I thoroughly enjoyed. The difficult subject of racism was dealt with face-on, but at the same time handled with the lightest of touches.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am already recommending it to friends' Louise Douglas, Bestselling Author

‘You’d never guess that Calling Me Home is a debut novel, Julie Kibler’s writing is so wise and assured. Although the two strong women she’s created come from completely different backgrounds, the bond that grows between them is extraordinary, touching and believable. 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

‘If Julie Kibler's novel Calling Me Home were a young woman, her grandmother would be To Kill a Mockingbird, her sister would be The Help and her cousin would be The Notebook. But even with such iconic relatives, Calling Me Home stands on her own; this novel uncovers a painful past that tells us so much about who we are, where we're going, and the people who are traveling with us’ Wiley Cash, bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home

'A wonderful debut; thought provoking, heart breaking yet redemptive. Utterly compulsive' Irish Examiner

‘This touching tale covers the same difficult subject of racism and segregation in 20th-centuary America as The Help. But it’s a much more human and personal book… A sad but life-affirming book’ Bella

‘Based on a true story, fans of the The Help will be enthralled by this emotional read' Prima

'A devastating tale of forbidden love' Woman & Home

About the Author

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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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling Me Home is a true Weepie 23 Jun 2013
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable 11 April 2014
By fw
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and touching 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Calling me home. Nice story 14 Aug 2013
By Old Mod
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Not a bad little story, easy typical holiday read, not taxing on the brain. Always good to tackle the subject if black and white, and to find no reason why we cant all get along on gods good earth
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 11 Jan 2014
By Krystle
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading the synopsis and a few of the reviews on amazon, I was very much looking forward to a riveting and moving tale of an interracial relationship in the historically less progressive southern states of America. Though the majority of the prior is true, I found this story slightly less than moving due to its painful predictability. On the whole, I think the author does a nice job in creating atmosphere and progressing the novel but lacks the descriptive technique needed to personalise the less central characters in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good in parts 27 Oct 2013
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A light read, predictable characters and plot. No surprises but perfect for a holiday or 10 minute nightly sleep ritual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is quite good 21 Sep 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It didn't make me cry but did keep me engrossed 25 Sep 2013
By BusyReader VINE VOICE
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Reminiscent of The Help or Driving Miss Daisy but essentially a love story telling of a forbidden love in the 1930s between a white girl and the black son of her family's housekeeper , it includes racism , women's and civil rights and
It has lovely characters and a good ending and I think will appeal to many different readers !
I particularly liked the ending where the author advises that the issues within still continue and "it's up to you to be the change" !!!
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