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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,301 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Kallos Narrator: Anna Field Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A national bestseller, Broken for You is the story of two women in self-imposed exile whose lives are transformed when their paths intersect.

Elderly Margaret Hughes is living alone in a mansion in Seattle, with only a massive collection of antiques for company, when she meets Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent years building up protective armor against the outside world. But as the two begin their tentative dance of friendship, the armor begins to fall away. When Margaret opens her house to the younger woman, she discovers a way to redeem her cursed past, and Wanda learns the true purpose of her cross-country journey.

This exuberant novel 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. It is a work of infinite charm, wit, and heart as well as a glorious homage to the beauty of broken things.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dreamy, powerful tale of familial warring, secrets and redemption…This haunting and memorable debut is reminiscent of early Atwood, peopled by lovably imperfect and eccentric characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The expanding collection of characters offers Anna Fields fertile ground for narrating this offbeat but engaging story. She gives a nuanced reading (and some singing, too) that showcases her versatility with accents and complex characterizations.”


  • “Anna Fields is a wonder. Her fully voiced presentation of this quirky, witty novel demonstrates her power as an actress…Her artistry helps hold the convoluted plots together and gives the characters their distinctive personalities.”


  • A Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award Winner
  • A Washington State Book Award Winner

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristi | 2/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is a beautifully written story about a group of "broken" people who come together and form a family. It is not really very probably that some of these things happened, but it is quite magical. I got hooked from the start. I won't give anymore away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marla Dym | 2/16/2014

    " a perfect novel "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/4/2014

    " Again. Meh. Great characters, good ideas, but the execution just falls flat. I don't believe these are real characters, just people the author thought up and thinks this is how they act/speak which comes off as artificial. Everything is set up just so, so that every single character/scenario creates a mosaic of happy ending. Not so much. Am I too cynical? Meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/2/2014

    " I thought the first half of this book was very slow and I had a difficult time connecting with the characters. The second half really picked up and I made a much deeper connection with the characters and though there were many atypical behaviors, I felt a lot of insight into their actions and lives. "

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About the Author
Author Stephanie Kallos

Stephaine Kallos spent twenty years in the theater as an actress and teacher, and as a writer, her short fiction has been nominated for both a Raymond Carver Award and a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed novel, Broken for You, which won the 2005 Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award and was selected by Sue Monk Kidd for Today’s Book Club, later becoming a national bestseller.