Broken for You
6 journalers for this copy...
A buoyant debut novel about two women in self-imposed exile whose worlds are transformed when their paths intersect, and a glorious homage to the beauty of broken things.
Broken for You is a debut novel of infinite charm and tremendous heart that explores the risks and rewards of human connection, and the hidden strength behind things that only seem fragile. Kallos brings to life a delightful set of characters — among them an old woman who converses regularly with her porcelain collection; a young woman who can fix a leaky sink but can't stop her own tears from falling; a Yeats-loving bowling enthusiast; and a woman who survived a world war with her sense of humor (and her affinity for Hawaiian shirts) intact.
When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come west to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world. But as the two begin their tentative dance of friendship, the armor begins to fall away and Margaret opens her house to the younger woman. This launches a series of remarkable and unanticipated events, leading Margaret to discover a way to redeem her cursed past, and Wanda to learn the true purpose of her cross-country journey. Along the way, a famous mosaic artist is born, a Holocaust survivor is reunited with her long-lost tea set, and a sad-eyed drifter finds his long-lost daughter.
Funny, heartbreaking, and alive with a potpourri of eccentric and irresistible characters, Broken for You is a testament to the saving graces of surrogate families, and shows how far the tiniest repair jobs can go in righting the world's wrongs.
I recommended this book to my monthly women's reading group a couple months ago, and the majority of the group very much enjoyed the book. I think I will post on the forum to see if there's any interest in a Ray or a Ring for this one.
Even though I hope to get more readers for this Bookray, I'm going to go ahead and send it on its way so you can start enjoying the book! I am going to route this book based on logical geography and everyone's shipping preferences as follows:
1. okyrhoe (Athens, Greece - INTL shipping ok)
2. fairydustwings (Ohio, US - prefers US shipping)
3. indygo88 (Indiana, US - prefers US shipping)
4. acountkel (North Carolina, US - INTL surface ok)
6. surmisez (Massachusetts, US - prefers US)
---> BOOKRAY COMPLETED! Thanks to everyone for participating :)
If anyone else expresses an interest to join this Ray, I will definitely add them ... and then hopefully the last person will Ray It Forward!! :)
Please check this journal to verify the next person you will be sending the book to, and also please remember to make a journal entry to tell me when you received the book, what you thought of the book after you read it, and when you sent it to the next reader on the list. Thanks in advance!
Enjoy, and remember... Shared books are HAPPY books!!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sending book to first person on my Bookray list, so it's on its way to okyrhoe in Greece! Thanks to everyone for joining, I'm looking forward to tracking the book and reading everyone's thoughts on it!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single release ...
Thanks BethanieKay for including me in the bookray!
I really liked Margaret and Wanda's dream passages, and the way Margaret converses with her mother and with Daniel. And this phrase:
"My point is, nothing makes God madder than when He goes to the trouble of putting someone in front of us and we don't follow through."
Broken For You excerpt.
On its way to fairydustwings.
Thanks again to okyrhoe and Piper1 for their generosity, as they were willing to replace the book to keep the Bookray going.
I have acountkel's address & will be mailing this within the next day or two! Thanks, BethanieKay, for hosting this ray! It was a wishlist book of mine! :')
10/10/07 -- Shipped off today.
Looking forward to reading this!
I have a couple of books ahead of this one, but I'll get to it as quickly as possible. I've read the blurb on the back and can't wait to start it though.
Thanks for including me in the BookRay!
I really enjoyed this book. My favorite characters were Margaret and Irma. At first I didn't really care for Wanda, but early on I started understanding her thought process and why she acted the way she did.
One of my favorite things about Margaret was her love of watching Wanda make coffee in the French Press, "Oh good, Margaret thought, I'm not too late for the Ritual... Still -- although she tremendously enjoyed watching Wanda make her special coffee -- Margaret couldn't imagine how anyone, of any nationality, could drink something that looked, and surely tasted, like a petroleum by-product. The smell was nice though."
Irma's story was sad, funny, and sweet. She was so funny the way she pushed Michael to do things and get involved. Her question regarding what women do in the bathroom is classic, "What, you think we just go in there to take care of business?"
The most heart wrenching parts of the book was when they were reading the inventories at the CDJC. I was in tears.
Thank you very much, BethanieKay, for allowing me to join your BookRay!
I will try to find another BCer to pass this on to.