Calling Me Home
Barnes & Noble
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: February 12, 2013
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 Isabelle from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral near Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.
Curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, Dorrie agrees, 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.
“Kibler's unsentimental eye makes the problems faced unflinchingly by [Isabelle and Dorrie] ring true. Love and family defy the expected in this engaging tale.”
“In Calling Me Home, Kibler has crafted a wholly original debut. . . . There's no denying the pull of Kibler's story.”
“A rousing debut about forbidden love and unexpected friendships. . . . In this compelling tale, Kibler handles decades of race relations with sensitivity and finds a nice balance between the characters of Dorrie and Isabelle. Drawing from her own family history in Texas, Kibler relays a familiar story in a fresh way.”
“This is deeply affecting coming-of-age story with radiant characters who will remain with the reader long after the last page is turned.”
“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, bestselling author of Necessary Lies
“Clear your schedule before you open up this thoroughly engaging book. Calling Me Home is a story about love in its many incarnations—in romance, friendships, and families; loves lost, and love regained. Kibler illuminates racial tensions many of us don't realize still exist in this country, and shows how small acts of faith can make big inroads to acceptance. I closed the final page with a smile and a tear, humbled and eager to embrace life.”
—Margaret Dilloway, author of How to Be an American Housewife
“Pop some corn and grab a hankie before you start Calling Me Home because you won't want to put it down until you come to the end of this true journey of the heart.”
—Carleen Brice, author of Orange Mint and Honey
“Calling Me Home is a tenderly wrought story of love and secrets, heartbreak and healing, and the remarkable power of friendship to heal two women who find each other across the lines of time, generation, and race. Julie Kibler has written an original and moving debut novel that will linger with you for a long, long time.”
—Barbara O'Neal, bestselling author of The Garden of Happy Endings
“Julie Kibler grabbed me on the very first page and didn't let go. . . . What a marvel of a debut novel. Black and white, young and old, searching and missing and finding in each other a special understanding, companionship, and love, these characters are real and addictive. Calling Me Home was keenly conceived, impeccably plotted, and beautifully written.”
—Barbara Delinsky, New York Times bestselling author of Escape and Not My Daughter
“Touching and unforgettable, Julie Kibler's Calling Me Home is the kind of story that pulls you in from page one, grips your heart and absolutely won't let go.”
—Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March and The Bungalow
“Calling Me Home is a journey into the heart where secrets hide and love reigns. Across the bridge of race and generation, Julie Kibler brings together two who profoundly influence each other as they reveal their stories and their heartbreak. With a stunning plot twist, Kibler reminds the reader that things aren't always as they appear and love has its own life.”
—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Coming Up For Air
Read an excerpt from Calling Me Home
Additional resources for Calling Me Home
Author Magazine Interview, Seattle, WA, March 2013
Speaking at West Texas Book Festival, Abilene, TX, Sept 2013
"Man on the street" interview with Paul Roberson at Pulpwood Queens' Annual Girlfriend Weekend, Jefferson, TX, January 2014