Paige Dickerson's Blog

The dead who are watching

Posted in Books by voteforjaneausten on August 28, 2009

Wow. I thought there was no way I would enjoy Stephanie Kallos‘ new book Sing Them Home more than her first Broken For You. But it had the same haunting feeling and well-carried out themes.

It is the story of a family who is haunted by the disappearance of their mother — Hope — who is carried away by a tornado, and her body is never found. Her three children and husband have lasting repercussions from never having a closure on her death. That lack of closure is further emphasized by the complicated and slightly eccentric funeral rituals that is common in their hometown. The story is told in shifting points of view (although most of it is told in limited objective narrator, it allows us inside the minds of alternating characters.) We are allowed also inside the mind of the ghost of Hope as well as her younger mind through her diary (the only portion told in first-person.) What develops is a complex and sometimes surprising and sometimes predictable story on a quest for redemption and closure.

I will be anxiously awaiting anything new from Kallos.


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  1. Matt said, on October 19, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I enjoy how the characters are all being too mindful of the ghosts. This haunting but beautiful. Now I'll have nto look for Broken For You.

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