Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos

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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.

About Stephanie Kallos

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Stephanie Kallos spent twenty years in the theater as an actress and teacher. She is the author of the best-selling, award-winning novel, Broken for You, which has been translated into ten languages.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 394 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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As part of her reinvention, she decides to jettison some of the pieces --- not by selling them, but through the therapeutic act of breaking them (and further into the book, we learn why Margaret wants to rid herself of these artifacts).

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Entertainment Weekly

Broken for You (2004) In Broken for You , Margaret Hughes feels haunted by her possessions — almost literally.

Oct 22 2004 | Read Full Review of Broken for You

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