Calling Me Home

  • by Julie Kibler
  • Narrated by Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
  • 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A stunning, moving tale of forbidden love in segregated 1930s Kentucky, perfect for fans of The Help.
Love doesn't play by the rules… 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…

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What the Critics Say

”Fans of The Help with love this touching debut…A poignant tale of race relations in America, it will have you hooked” <Sunday Express, S Magazine )
”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 Magazine)
”Comparisons to The Help are inevitable, and though there are echoes of Kathryn Stockett’s popular best-seller to be found in Calling Me Home, Kibler has crafted a wholly original debut” (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A gentle road trip

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I loved it. A hard-hitting, touching story of love and loss, race and hopelessness and of the damage that society can subject its people to.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I cannot choose between the two main characters. Both were well-crafted and rounded and one without the other is unthinkable. The story is dependent on the relationship between the two women and, therefore, the one complements the other.


What does Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Both narrators were excellent and their readings added colour and character to the book. These readers were obviously very carefully chosen and the people who cast them have to be congratulated.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried at the end of this book. Both characters were very real to me, but the end was perfect.


Any additional comments?

A lovely gentle listen even though the story was harrowing at times.

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- Venetia

a Quietly Powerful Story

This is a story that gripped me from the start because both main characters are interesting and strong women in different ways. This is emotional without being sentimental and artfully unfolds the story of a life. Highly recommend.
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- Lindsey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-06-2013
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio