Broken for You In Broken for You , Margaret Hughes feels haunted by her possessions — almost literally. The ailing seventysomething has lived alone for decades in a… Broken for You In Broken for You , Margaret Hughes feels haunted by her possessions — almost literally. The ailing seventysomething has lived alone for decades in a… 2004-09-09 Fiction Grove
Book Review

Broken for You (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 09, 2004; Writer: Stephanie Kallos; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Grove

In Broken for You, Margaret Hughes feels haunted by her possessions — almost literally. The ailing seventysomething has lived alone for decades in a Seattle mansion full of her late father's collection of porcelain (many acquired from European Jewish homes abandoned during WWII). Soon, the reclusive Margaret decides to take on boarders, beginning with a thirtysomething woman nursing a lifetime of broken-heartedness, and begins a provocative project to repurpose the ill-gotten treasures. Stephanie Kallos is talented, but she binds every loose plot point into place with epoxy-like precision and overglazes her narrative with broken-china metaphors.

Originally posted Oct 22, 2004 Published in issue #789 Oct 22, 2004 Order article reprints
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