“I absolutely fell in love with this book. . . . There is a message here about creating family in the most unusual places. . . . I promise you this: you will not be sorry you read this book . . . there is a wisdom and soulfulness there. . . . It’s a wonderful, engaging story.” Sue Monk Kidd,
author of The Secret Life of Bees
National best-seller and Today Show
Book Club selection Broken for You
introduces us to a remarkable new storyteller and has garnered comparisons to the works of John Irving, Anne Tyler, and Margaret Atwood. The story of two women in self imposed exile whose lives are transformed when their paths intersect, Stephanie Kallos’s debut novel is a work of infinitecharm, wit, and heart. It is also a glorious homage to the beauty of broken things.
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.
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.
• Kallos was selected to appear as one of a handful of debut novelists on the Emerging Writers panel for BookExpo America 2004