"But this? No. This I can't do alone." ~ p. 14
The beauty shop is a place for women to connect, gossip and form friendships. It is like a match made in heaven when the perfect client meets the perfect hairdresser. So naturally, Isabelle was angry when her hairdresser left with no notice. She was offered Dorrie, the only black woman hairdresser in the place. What would they have in common? Isabelle is an 89-year-old white woman; Dorrie is a 30-something-year-old black single mom.
"That little gap would always be between us, simply because we were different. We'd been conditioned that way." ~ pg. 100
Isabelle has a big favor to ask Dorrie. It's quite the emergency. Isabelle asks Dorrie to drive her from Texas to Ohio, with no clear explanation why. Without hesitation, Dorrie drops everything and flees problems of her own to drive Isabelle halfway across the country. During the road trip (through alternating chapters of present day and 1939-1943), Isabelle shares her story of a forbidden relationship with the black son of her family's housekeeper. Meanwhile Dorrie vents about the current man in her life and her teenage son's bad choices. This journey together changes both of their lives.
Author Julie Kibler, you have written an exceptional debut story about heartbreak, trust, friendship and forbidden love. Calling Me Home has earned a spot in my favorites.
"My favorite stories distracted me from self-pity—temporarily." ~ pg. 125
Watch the Julie Kibler interview below then download/purchase/borrow Calling Me Home. This book belongs in every bookheart's personal library. Thank me later.
Title: Calling Me Home
Author: Julie Kibler
Published: February 2013