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Home for Erring and Outcast Girls
A Novel
Unabridged edition
By (author): Julie Kibler Read by: Karissa Vacker
9780525635604 CD-Audio English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Jul 23, 2019
$60.00 CAD
Active 5.07 x 5.93 x 1.09 in 0 pages Duration: 870 minutes Random House Audio
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.
Home for Erring and Outcast Girls deftly reimagines the wounded women who came seeking a second chance and a sustaining hope.—Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours

In turn-of-the-20th century Texas, the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is an unprecedented beacon of hope for young women consigned to the dangerous poverty of the streets by birth, circumstance, or personal tragedy. Built in 1903 on the dusty outskirts of Arlington, a remote dot between Dallas and Fort Worth’s red-light districts, the progressive home bucks public opinion by offering faith, training, and rehabilitation to prostitutes, addicts, unwed mothers, and “ruined” girls without forcibly separating mothers from children. When Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride meet there—one sick and abused, but desperately clinging to her young daughter, the other jilted by the beau who fathered her ailing son—they form a 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 upon the cemetery on the home’s former grounds and begins to comb through its archives in her library. Pulled by an indescribable connection, what Cate discovers about their stories leads her to confront her own heartbreaking past, and to reclaim the life she thought she’d let go 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 return 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.

CROSS PROMOTION: Simultaneous publication with the Crown hardcover.

Julie Kibler is the author of Home for Erring and Outcast Girls and the bestselling Calling Me Home, which was an IndieNext List pick, Target Club Pick, and Ladies’ Home Journal Book Club Pick, published in fifteen languages. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism and a master’s degree in library science and lives with her family, including four rescued dogs and cats, in Texas.

Author Residence: Texas

Author Hometown: Kentucky, New Mexico, Colorado

Marketing: Digital advertising campaign

Extensive promotion on social media

Targeted buzz mailings 

Enrollment in early-reviewer programs including Goodreads and LibraryThing

Features on and

Publicity: Feature on PRH Audio website and in Audio e-newsletter

Tie in with Crown’s plans:

National publicity

National review and feature attention

National/Regional NPR campaign

Author events and interviews out of Texas

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @juliekibler

Advance 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, author of Before We Were Yours

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, author of I Was Anastasia

“Julie Kibler explores with splendid insight what it’s like to feel exiled from the very people you thought would stand by you and for you no matter what, and that sometimes home is not the place where you were raised but rather the place where you found the strength to rise up out of despair. Memorable and surprising and hopeful.”—Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Last Year of the War


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