Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
Dory has washed and set Ms. Isabelle’s hair every week for years. They know each other as most people know their regular stylist, sharing just the surface bits and pieces of their lives. This distance is eradicated, and their cordial friendship is taken to a new level when Isabelle asks Dory to drive her to a funeral across the country. Dory accepts with a bit of hesitation, and so begins a journey of friendship which travels across lines of race, generation, and social standing. The miles and hours pass by, as Isabelle tells Dory of her first love. Dory’s present struggles and Isabelle’s past agony unfold as they drive and share their stories. Isabelle dredges up the past, bit by bit, and Dory compassionately wades through the memories with her. Dory is fighting battles of her own, with teenage children and new relationships. Isabelle pushes Dory to live a courageous life in the present, as she reconciles her past. The story is touching, well told, and a good read. If you like strong women’s fiction, you will enjoy this book.
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