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Sing Them Home is a moving portrait of three siblings who have lived in the shadow of unresolved grief since their mother's disappearance when they were children. Everyone in Emlyn Springs knows the story of Hope Jones, the physician's wife whose big dreams for their tiny town were lost along with her in the tornado of 1978. For Hope's three young children, the stability o ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Grove Press (first published 2007)
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Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : Sing Them Home - Nevisande : Stephanie Kallos - ISBN : 871139634 - ISBN13 : 9780871139634 - Dar 542 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2007
Nette
Feb 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Read" is cheating -- I read about 100 pages and quit. I would have thrown it against a wall but 1) it was a library book and 2) it's pretty fat, so it would have left a dent. I'm sure people who like magical realism will adore this book, but I thought it was goopy and annoying. Just as I'd become interested in a "real" character, some random dead person would appear and the author would waste five pages on a lot of woo-woo philosophizing about the dead and their opinions. Dead people, apparentl ...more
Jennifer
I just don't know what to say about this one. At the core, this book is a family drama, in which 3 vaguely dysfunctional adult siblings try to make their way in the world after the bizarre deaths of both of their parents (Mom: sucked up in a tornado; Dad: struck by lightning). I loved this book when it focused on these characters.

But the author was trying to do more than just tell the story of these people. She was trying to tell the story of an odd little Welsh town in Nebraska (what does it me
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Kendra
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did, I was hooked. Kallos is a good writer, and one of her strengths is her subtle, intelligent humor. I really liked, too, how she feeds you a little bit of information at a time and makes you wait till the end of the book to get the whole story about this odd family and even odder town. For me, the biggest drawback was the terrible editing. There were lots of typos ("acamedician" was a standout among the more mundane misspellings) and odd mi ...more
Julie
Mar 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, maybe I am too picky, but editorial errors make me crazy and can even stop me from reading any further! In like the second chapter, a minor character, Kris, is introduced. Just a few paragraphs later, and from then on, the same character is referred to as "Chris". Why why why would no one have caught this? I am only reading on because of all the other great reviews that promise a terrific story... Grrr!

... So I finished the book, but the editorial errors continued. For example, the stage i
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Stephanie
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book rocked my world. The writing is superb and I couldn't put it down. I usually stick to shorter novels, but had no trouble staying interested in this work. I might have to buy my own copy so I can underline the innumerable insightful passages in the book.
RNOCEAN
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sing Them Home is a moving portrait of three siblings who have lived in the shadow of unresolved grief since their mother’s disappearance when they were children. Everyone in Emlyn Springs knows the story of Hope Jones, the physician’s wife whose big dreams for their tiny town were lost along with her in the tornado of 1978. For Hope’s three young children, the stability of life with their preoccupied father, and with Viney, their mother’s spitfire best friend, is no match for Hope’s absence. La ...more
Kathrina
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Carolyn -- Targu Mures Book Group
It's been a long time since I've felt so close to what I begrudgingly must admit are fictional characters. And I don't mean that these characters felt like friends or neighbors, but that each of them was a part of me, and their story on the page was a piece of my story I hadn't yet considered. Kallos' writing is stunning -- poetically lush and sharp at the same time. Beware, there is magic realism here; the dead will speak, but it only makes the voices of the living more distinct. This story has ...more
Susan
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I fell in love with Stephanie Kallos's first novel, Broken for You, and then again with her third, Language Arts, imagine my delight when I discovered her sophomore novel, Sing Them Home, and went head over heels a third time. There are very few authors, and only Barbara Kinsolver comes to mind, whose work is so consistently amazing that it is, indeed, like falling in love to read their work. Fresh writing, still fresh. Deeply imagined places, characters and themes. Sing Them Home is one of t ...more
Diane
Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I anxiously awaited the release of this book as I loved the author's first book: Broken for You. This book was scheduled for a January 2009 release but hit the stores and libraries earlier.

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Sing Them Home is a moving portrait of three siblings who have lived in the shadow of unresolved grief since their mother’s disappearance when they were children. Everyone in Emlyn Springs knows the story of Hope Jones, the physician’s wife whose big dreams for their tiny town were lost along wit
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Stephanie Kallos spent twenty years in the theatre as an actor and teacher. Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received a Raymond Carver Award. Her first novel, BROKEN FOR YOU, received the Pacific Northwest Book Award, the Washington State Book Award, and was chosen by Sue Monk Kidd as the December 2004 selection for "The Today Show." Her second novel, SING THEM HOME, w ...more
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