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Calling Me Home

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Julie Kibler

Narrated By: Lorna Raver, Bahni Turpin

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: February 2013

Duration: 13 hours 39 minutes


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 mother in her thirties, to drop everything and drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati-with no clear explanation why-tomorrow.

Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, 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 of Isabelle's first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.

"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, New York Times bestselling author


  • Nancy Krehlik

    I thought this book was very good. It held my interest, had a few surprises, looked at race issues, relationship issues, and friendship all in a good story. The narrators were excellent. Both voices fit the characters perfectly!

  • Corinne Ritz

    I listened to this on a road trip, and was enthralled!

  • stacie gosiene

    I loved this book soooo much....definitely on the top of my recommendation list

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