Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler Book Review


This debut book by new author, Julie Kibler was noticed by reviews: "Kibler’s unsentimental eye makes the problems faced unflinchingly by these women ring true” (Kirkus) and “Kibler relays a familiar story in a fresh way” (PW).

The story is about two women on a long car ride who learn about each other.  One is white and elderly, the other is black and a mother of a teen son.  

Kibler's inspiration for the book was based on the stories she heard of her grandmother who had fallen in love with a young black man like the main character Isabelle does in the story. What could come off as preachy and cloying is actually touching and heartfelt with her fine writing. Social history, racial issues, how girls were treated, are all interwoven in a terrific plot line.

Dorrie's story is told in opposite chapters to Isabelle's and though the stories are decades apart (one begins in 1939 and the other current time) there is plenty of little overlaps and similarities.

The book reminds me a bit of the movies Driving Miss Daisy and Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys. I can see it becoming a film very easily. It definitely would be a chick flick. (Sorry guys!)

The library owns a copy of the book in regular print and has ordered a copy of the CD as well.  Click on the book above to be taken to the page in our catalog.