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Crown Publishing Group, Summer 2019

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    9780451499349 Paperback / softback, Trade, , $23 CAD 9780451499356 Electronic book text, EPUB 9780525635604 CD-Audio, $60 CAD 9780525635611 Downloadable audio file
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Home for Erring and Outcast Girls
A Novel
By (author): Julie Kibler
9780451499332 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Jul 23, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.38 x 9.51 x 1.22 in 400 pages Crown
An emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship, following the lives of two young women connected by a home for “fallen” girls and inspired by historical events

In turn-of-the-twentieth-century Texas, “fallen” women—those whose birth, circumstances, or personal tragedies have resigned them to the dangerous poverty of the streets—have one hope: the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls. Built in 1903 in the dusty, tumbleweed outpost of Arlington, the progressive home for cast-out women was the first of its kind to offer faith, training, and rehabilitation to women without forcibly separating them from their children. It is here that Lizzie Bates, abused and drug-addled with a young daughter, and Mattie McBride, jilted by the married man who fathered her ailing son, meet and form an unbreakable friendship that will see them through unbearable loss, heartbreak, difficult choices, and ultimately, diverging paths.

A century later, Cate Sutton, a reclusive university librarian, uncovers the hidden histories of the two troubled women as she stumbles on the archives, and the cemetery, of Berachah’s former grounds. Pulled to dig deeper by an indescribable connection, what she discovers about their stories leads her to confront her own heartbreaking past and to reclaim the life she thought she’d let go of forever. With great pathos and powerful emotional resonance, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls explores the dark roads that lead us to ruin and the paths we take to get back to ourselves.

Story Locale: Arlington, Texas

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SECOND NOVEL: Julie Kibler’s bestselling debut, Calling Me Home, was a popular book club pick as well as a February 2013 Indie Next Pick, and the original paperback version continues to sell very well. Home for Erring and Outcast Girls combines Kibler’s familiarity with her setting and characters with a clever, riveting plot that her fans have been waiting for.

UNIQUE AND EXTENSIVELY RESEARCHED SETTING/STORY: Kibler grounds her readers in the particularly charged territory of Texas in the early 1900s and brings to thrilling life the true and deeply human story of a women’s refuge that will resonate especially well with contemporary readers.

THE PRESENT/PAST DUAL STORYLINE IS VERY SUCCESSFUL: Like recent successes The House Girl, The Violets of March, and The Baker’s Daughter, this novel weaves the story of a woman today with a fascinating and high-stakes look into the past lives of two remarkable women. This formula works especially well in book clubs.

AUTHOR IS WELL-CONNECTED IN WOMEN’S FICTION CIRCLES: Kibler is active in writing communities and has a huge number of supportive fans, both in writers—namely Lisa Wingate, Kristin Hannah, and Christina Baker Kline—and readers alike.

JULIE KIBLER is the author of the national bestseller Calling Me Home. When not writing, she enjoys travel, independent films, music, photography, and corralling her teenagers and rescue dogs. She lives in Texas.

Author Residence: Texas

Author Hometown: Kentucky, New Mexico, Colorado

Marketing: Digital advertising campaign

Promotion on author’s Twitter, @JulieKibler

Targeted buzz mailings to author’s VIPs

Bookclub promotion

Enrollment in early-reviewer programs

Features on

Library marketing

Publicity: National publicity

National review and feature attention

National/regional NPR campaign

Author events and interviews out of Texas

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @juliekibler

Praise for Home for Erring and Outcast Girls:

“A world in which young, single mothers had few options—and even fewer advocates—comes to life in Julie Kibler’s skilled hands. Based on the history of the Berachah Industrial Home in Arlington, Texas, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls deftly reimagines the wounded women who came seeking a second chance and a sustaining hope. Their lives are raw and heartbreaking, their struggles an answer to a timeless question: Can friendship heal us after the world has broken us?”—Lisa Wingate

“Home for Erring and Outcast Girls is a moving tale of friendship and resilience. It is the story of three different women, each of them betrayed and abandoned, and the ways in which they find their way home. Emotional. Raw. Compelling. Julie Kibler writes with skill, compassion, and grace.”—Ariel Lawhon

Praise for Calling Me Home:

“If Calling Me Home were a young woman, her grandmother would be To Kill a Mockingbird, her sister would be The Help, and her cousin would be The Notebook. But even with such iconic relatives, Calling Me Home stands on her own.”—Wiley Cash

“Extraordinary, touching, and believable.”—Diane Chamberlain

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