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Stephanie Kallos's debut novel is a work of infinite charm, wit and heart. It is also a glorious homage to the beauty of broken things.

Stephanie Kallos's debut novel is a work of infinite charm, wit and heart. When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living National best seller and Today show Book Club selection, Broken for You is 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 infinite charm, wit and heart. 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. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world

Stephanie Kallos's debut novel is a work of infinite charm. Broken for You is a perfect book to crawl up with in front of the fire. I do not think that this is the last time I will hear the name, Stephanie Kallos.

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Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, picks Broken for You for the December 2004 Today Book Club.

Kallos has a rare, deft way with whimsy, dream sequences and hallucinations. Comparisons to John Irving and Tennessee Williams would not be amiss in this show-stopping debut. praise for Broken for You. Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, picks Broken for You for the December 2004 Today Book Club. A Book Sense Selection.

Stephanie Kallos spent twenty years in the theatre as an actor and teacher. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons. Библиографические данные. Broken for You. Автор.

Wanda plucked an espresso bean from the top of the cake and popped it into her mouth. She wasn't my mother. "Got i. "I don't have a mother. Wanda made a quick apostrophe in the top of the cake and tasted the frosting. A rich, buttery concoction of coffee and amaretto and cream slid across her tongue like edible silk. She let her fingers dive into the icing then, scooping off a thick swath

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Discuss Stephanie Kallos’s definition of a relationship: "a marvel of construction, built up over time .

As a reader was it hard for you to suspend disbelief in a kind of free fall? Have you encountered magic realism in other books? In the third dream sequence, Margaret approaches Wanda. We’re worth more broken" (p. 348).

National best seller and Today show Book Club selection, Broken for You is 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 infinite charm, 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. As their tentative friendship evolves, the armor begins to fall away and Margaret opens her house to the younger woman. This launches a series of 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. Both funny and heartbreaking, 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.

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Fenritaur
Did you ever have the feeling that a book found you rather than the reverse? I have 4000 unread books in my library, and I cannot remember when and why I downloaded Broken for You. As I began to read it when it appeared on my Kindle carousel (and I have no idea how it got there), I quickly realized that I really loved it and read it overnight.

Margaret, an elderly widow, lives in a Seattle mansion (15,000 square feet) surrounded by priceless china, crystal and countless expensive tchotchkes given to her by her father after he returned from numerous trips to Europe in the 1940s. After learning she has an incurable brain tumor, she decides to take in a boarder. Margaret chooses Wanda, a stage manager, who is obsessed with finding the man who jilted her. Both women carry baggage and, rather than sharing with each other, hold their pasts and their secrets close to the vest.

The characters are developed so well that I did not care that parts of the story were formulaic. I can envision the book as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, because the characters are quirky, and the plot made me happy and satisfied. I do not mean that as a pejorative; sometimes I crave a story with a happy ending. I normally prefer books with a little more "meat", but Ms. Kallos did a fine job in mov the story along while adding some twists and turns. Along with her character development, she writes beautifully.

Broken for You is a perfect book to crawl up with in front of the fire. I do not think that this is the last time I will hear the name, Stephanie Kallos.
furious ox
Author Stephanie Kallos presents readers with an unusual story. The metaphor of breaking refers to people and objects. A broken person can be mended, objects can be broken for mending, and the emotionally and spiritually broken can be mended, too.

My initial reaction after reading several pages was to put this book down. It didn't immediately deliver a hook and I expected to be drawn into the story right away. Had I abandoned BROKEN FOR YOU, I would have missed an unusual story; I'm glad I didn't do it. My book club and I enjoyed a thought-provoking discussion of plot, characters, and theme. This is not a 'read and forget' novel. You'll want to share your thoughts with others, so ask a friend(s) to read it, too.
POFOD
The internet and news media have surely made it clear that "Suffering" is a major part of our world today. Likewise, we have numerous tools and toys from Facebook to texting to push away that harsh reality of our world, Or one could find a social cause like "Save The Whales" and channel our collective outrage at a world that is Unfair. But at the end of the day, the fragile nature of the human condition is still there waiting for us. We are all the recipients of pain that we did not send away for.

Stephanie Kallos has done a wonderful job of following the quirky path of the two main characters whose childhoods left them with broken hearts. And their invisible Life Shields are in place to prevent more of the same. But as one spiritual writer once said, it is only in the places that we are broken that the light is able to shine in. It is encouraging to watch as the light slowly shines past their efforts to protect their damaged hearts. Not often do I read a book that so vividly portrays the randomness of human suffering and and I come away encouraged.
greed style
I do place a lot of stock in reviews, as a guideline, but in the end, you have to read something and decide for yourself if it's any good or not. I loved this book, the story, the characters, the setting, the wonderful way Stephanie Kallos has with words. If I'd read some of the less-than-stellar reviews before I got it, I might not have given it a try. Turns out, though, it was my Book Club selection for September, so I guardedly began. Like a roller coaster ride, it starts out a bit heavily up hill but then it tops the rise and had me hanging on. In the end, it makes me want to do a mitzvah - and I'm Methodist.
Thorgaginn
I read this after finishing Stephanie Kallos' newest book, Language Arts - impressed with her writing style, character development, and unusual themes. As with her latest novel, this one is also gripping and full of mystery until the pieces start coming together all too conveniently in a slow-moving tide of contrived inevitability. I did read through to the end, intrigued by the unusual premise of the story and her quirky characters, and thus find it worthy of an "I liked it" rating.
Mushicage
First of all, I did not choose to read this novel, it was our monthly book club choice. I will have to thank the person who chose this novel! If I could, I would give this book 10 stars! **********

At first it was very hard to figure out what was going on in the storyline. But I quickly caught on and couldn't put it down. Wow! It took the author, Stephanie Kallos, seven years to write this novel and I can see why! So much thought, so much rich history, so much depth to the characters! I cried a lot and was moved the burdens that the characters had to carry and how they uplifted themselves. So many emotions; selfishness, patience, love, madness, helplessness...the list goes on and on.

This novel deserves to be read time and time again; I loved it!
Andromakus
This book was so predictable and boring I used it to help me go to sleep for months. The plot was ok but it veered off into the fantasy musings of "wouldn't it be great if we could have an artist commune where everyone pitched in and did their perfect part" blah, blah, blah and then all the broken pieces fell into place and they all lived happily ever after. The end.
No, the book is not really that simple. It is quite a complex tale of a number of people broken by their lifes' experiences and how they came together to begin mending them. It is a story of redemption and forgiving oneself and others. I found it a worthwhile read.
Broken for You download epub
Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Stephanie Kallos
ISBN: 0802142109
Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Language: English
Publisher: Grove Press; 1st edition (September 9, 2004)
Pages: 400 pages