I really liked Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler. It had that genealogy sense for me of learning about
Calling Me Home is a story of long-ago, lost and forbidden love. There are two main characters: eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle and thirty-something Dorrie. Isabelle still lived on her own and had been going to Dorrie, a black hairdresser, for several years. Over the years, the two women had grown close as they shared events in their lives. One day, Isabelle asked Dorrie for a big favor. She needed Dorrie to drive her from their town in Texas to Cincinnati for a funeral, and she needed to leave the next day. Dorrie was willing to leave her worries and concerns about her two teenage children with her mother for a few days, and her relationship with her new boyfriend that she was afraid of committing to and get away, so she agreed to drive Isabelle to the funeral, not knowing anything about the trip.
The trip was a long one, and the two women had lots of time in the car to talk. Isabelle began sharing some of her very guarded past with Dorrie. It turned out that when she was a young girl, Isabelle had lived in Kentucky and had fallen in love with a young black man back in the 1930's...a very forbidden thing to do. Through-out the journey to Cincinnati, Isabelle slowly shared the story of the relationship and the tragic way it ended.
It was a really beautiful story and had a bit of a twist at the end. Good writing!