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Critical Praise

"Theater veteran Kallos debuts with a dazzling mosaic of intersecting lives and fates...Kallos has a rare, deft way with whimsy, dream sequences and hallucinations. Comparisons to John Irving and Tennessee Williams would not be amiss in this show-stopping debut."

——Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[A] dreamy, powerful tale of familial warring, secrets and redemption...This haunting and memorable debut is reminiscent of early [Margaret] Atwood, peopled by lovably imperfect and eccentric characters."

——Publishers Weekly

"[A] first novel from Grove, Broken for You, by Stephanie Kallos (Sept.) won the passionate enthusiasm of Julie Norcross of McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey, Michigan. The story of "two women and their past doesn't miss a beat," she said, comparing it to Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees. "I gave the galley to my daughter after I read it, and she just told me, 'Mom, I'm dreaming about Wanda and Margaret!' This book will sell well, it'll be around for a long time," Norcross predicted."


"I absolutely fell in love with this book. There is a message here about creating family in the most unusual places but for me this book was about things that are broken being reconfigured into a mosaic of meaning and beauty...I promise you this, you will not be sorry you read this book...there is a wisdom there, a soulfulness there...It's a wonderful engaging story."

——Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair