Friday, April 15, 2016

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler, 325 pages

This is a poignant story that weaves two story lines together.  Isabelle McAllister is an 89 year old white woman who asks her 30-something black hairdresser, Dorrie Curtis, to drive her from Texas to Ohio for a funeral. Obviously, they are also close friends.

On the road, Dorrie learns the story of Isabelle's life in the 1930s when she fell in love with a young black man.  It didn't end well.

Dorrie has her own problems and Isabelle helps her come to terms with those too on their week-long road trip.  This was a beautiful story that made me wonder why we still keep worrying about the color of other people's skin.

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