Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
Miss books like “The Help”? Can’t get enough of mid-century historical novels? Love to discover new authors? This book by new author Julie Kibler is a true winner, a poignant, tragic tale of forbidden love between Robert, a young African American teen in 1939 Kentucky and his lady love, 17-year-old Isabelle, who is torn between societal norms and her passionate love affair. The story is told in hindsight by 90-year-old Isabelle to her dear friend and hairdresser, Dorrie, who has agreed to accompany Isabelle to a funeral that she knows nothing about. As the story unfolds, it was shocking to read the racial prejudices that occurred, but it is still eye opening to read the similarities of prejudice, even today. I must say, this definitely does not read like a debut novel! Kibler writes similarly to Kathryn Stockett, especially as she draws from the experience of her own grandmother in telling this story. The characters are very well developed, and the story develops at a very quick pace. You won’t be able to put this one down!