Once in awhile after I have selected a book to review, I come away having read it and thinking, “that book should be on the New York Times Best Seller List.” Then, I come back to the realization that it is not there because most people don’t know about it.
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is one of those books. Kibler is a new author with remarkable literary talent. She quickly captivates the reader with timing and empathy for both protagonists, eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister and her friend and hair dresser thirty-something Dorrie Curtis.
Miss Isabelle has a favor to ask of Dorrie. She wants Dorrie to drop everything at her salon and drive her from their home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral near Cincinnati. When? Tomorrow.
Not only does the trip take on an eventful life of its own, the lives of each, Miss Isabelle and Dorrie, unfolds with forbidden relationships and tragic consequences. The funeral they are about to attend gradually portends a gathering of the utmost importance.
You come to see life through Miss Isabelle’s eyes and feel the loss that she feels, the loss of her true love, Robert Prewitt, back in the 1930s. You come to feel what Dorrie’s life is like and what she must face and experience everyday.
This is a love story of age, an eighty-nine-year-old woman and a young woman in her thirties. How deeply they understand each other. How respectful they are to each other. How sensitive they are with the feeling of the other.
This is a story of lost love, a love that was ripped from Isabelle and Robert that breaks your heart but keeps you reading towards the ultimate finale. Before you get there, however, there is intrigue and surprise, a history of events told in present time that you would not have anticipated.
Calling Me Home is sensual, emotional and its arrow strikes you deep in your heart. People should know about this book, and everyone should read it, and yes, it should be on the “Best Seller” list. It would be a very good selection for book clubs. In fact, at the very end of the book there are some suggested “Reading Group Questions” that are guaranteed to generate discussion.
Julie Kibler is a courageous and talented writer. There are times when you feel that Isabelle and Dorrie are so real you are with them, experiencing what they experience, feeling what they feel, seeing what they see.
This coming October 10th and 11th both the Midland Centennial Library and the Ector County Public Library will be sponsoring “Books In The Basin.” There will be quite a number of authors presenting and signing there books, including some best selling authors. “Books In The Basin” is structured by placing the authors at various locations.
Julie Kibler will present Calling Me Home at 10:30 a.m, W 202, Odessa College, with a book signing at 11:30 a.m., cc 127 (the cafeteria).
For further information on the books to be presented and where the authors will be, go to www.booksinthebasin.com. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to view some fine works and support placing West Texas on the literary map.
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