Julie Kibler: Home for Erring and Outcast Girls
We hope you'll join us to hear visiting and bestselling author of "Calling Me Home" discuss her newest release, "Home for Erring and Outcast Girls"!
About "Home for Erring and Outcast Girls":
In turn-of-the-twentieth century Texas, the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls was a place of refuge for young women cast out by society: prostitutes, addicts, or unwed mothers. For these women who had few options, the Berachah Home opened its doors to allow them to recover or rehabilitate themselves without forcibly separating them from their children, an incredibly progressive model for the time.
In 1904, Lizzie Bates—sick, addicted, and abused—is brought to the Berachah Home, along with her young daughter. A few months later, Mattie Corder arrives on the promise of a pamphlet, desperate for anyone who can help her ailing son. Lizzie, wrecked by the nightmares of her past, and Mattie, consumed with dreams of a bigger life, form a deep friendship that guides them through loss and heart-wrenching decisions as their time in the home sets their lives in opposite directions.
Their stories are pieced together a century later by Cate, a modern-day university librarian, who stumbles upon the home’s cemetery and archives after she moves to Arlington, Texas. She quickly becomes inexplicably drawn to the women, and as she reconstructs the turns their lives took, she is forced to confront her own painful past—a story she thought she had pushed out of her life for good.
About Julie Kibler:
Julie Kibler is the bestselling author of Home for Erring and Outcast Girls and Calling Me Home, which was an IndieNext List pick, Target Club Pick, and Ladies’ Home Journal Book Club Pick, and published in fifteen languages. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism and a master’s degree in library science and lives with her family, including four rescued dogs and cats, in Texas.
Praise for "Calling Me Home":
“If Julie Kibler’s novel Calling Me Home were a young woman, her grandmother would be To Kill a Mockingbird, her sister would be The Help, and her cousin would be The Notebook. But even with such iconic relatives, Calling Me Home stands on her own; this novel uncovers a painful past that tells us so much about who we are, where we’re going, and the people who are traveling with us.”
—WILEY CASH, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home
“You’d never guess that Calling Me Home is a debut novel, Kibler’s writing is so wise and assured. Although the two strong women she’s created come from completely different backgrounds, the bond that grows between them is extraordinary, touching, and believable. I laughed out loud in places and had tears in my eyes as I turned the last page. I can’t wait to watch Julie Kibler’s star rise!”
—Bestselling author DIANE CHAMBERLAIN
“Calling Me Home is a journey into the heart where secrets hide and love reigns. Across the bridge of race and generation, Julie Kibler brings together two who profoundly influence each other as they reveal their stories and their heartbreak. With a stunning plot twist, Kibler reminds the reader that things aren’t always as they appear and love has its own life.”
—PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY, New York Times bestselling author of Coming Up for Air
An emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship, following the lives of two young women connected by a home for “fallen girls,” and inspired by historical events.
In Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler, eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive Isabelle from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.