Calling Me Home – Julie Kibler

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date
20th June 2013


My Rating
4.5 stars


Calling Me Home is a remarkable debut novel, a story which will draw you in and lead you on an emotionally fraught journey from a racially divided 1930s Kentucky to the “supposedly” more liberal present day.   There is also a physical journey, a road trip across the states, as black hairdresser, Dorrie Curtis escorts her elderly white client, Miss Isabelle,  to a funeral.  As they draw closer to their destination, Isabelle gradually reveals a secret, forbidden love, one which has haunted her since she was sixteen.

The journey is therapeutic for both ladies, especially for Dorrie who learns from Isabelle’s experience that you must seize whatever happiness life offers you no matter how fleeting the opportunity.  I was engrossed by their stories and I was impressed with the author’s control of such emotional themes, never straying into mawkishness or over-sentimentality.

A compelling read, dare I say as good as The Help, if not better…and it would make a beautiful movie too!

You can read more about the author here including excerpts from the novel to whet your appetite even more :-)

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  1. JoAnn says:

    I loved this book, too! The audio version is amazing…it will definitely be one of my favorites this year.

  2. This was a recent pick for my in-person book club, and I wasn’t able to attend so I didn’t finish the book. I did enjoy the part I read, and I intend to get back to it soon. I’m glad you liked it so well!

  3. Charlie says:

    Is this the one that’s US cover has a blue background and (headless) people? It sounds really good, so many bloggers have raved about it, and now you, it does seem one to look out for.

  4. Teresa says:

    JoAnn, it was a winner for me. I’ve now passed it on to my favourite librarian who will appreciate it as much as I did…especially as she is retiring soon. :(

  5. Teresa says:

    Yes, Charlie, that’s the one. I much prefer the UK cover, I can’t be doing with headless folk! ;-)

  6. admin says:

    It’s just being released here in the UK on 20th June, Andi, and I have been recommending it to all and sundry! Hope you get a chance to finish it.

  7. This sounds lovely Treez, thank you for recommending it. x

  8. Nikki-ann says:

    Not my usual kind of book, but I might actually enjoy this one :)

  9. Teresa says:

    I think you’ll like it too, Lindsay. Nikki-Ann, it’s not high falutin literary fiction but still a v well written novel with great, strong female characters. I hope you’ll give it a go.

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