Home for Erring and Outcast Girls: A Novel

Written by:
Julie Kibler
Narrated by:
Karissa Vacker

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2019
14 hours 21 minutes
An emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship, following the lives of two young women connected by a home for “fallen girls,” and inspired by historical events.
“Home for Erring and Outcast Girls deftly reimagines the wounded women who came seeking a second chance and a sustaining hope.”—Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours

In turn-of-the-20th century Texas, the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is an unprecedented beacon of hope for young women consigned to the dangerous poverty of the streets by birth, circumstance, or personal tragedy. Built in 1903 on the dusty outskirts of Arlington, a remote dot between Dallas and Fort Worth’s red-light districts, the progressive home bucks public opinion by offering faith, training, and rehabilitation to prostitutes, addicts, unwed mothers, and “ruined” girls without forcibly separating mothers from children. When Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride meet there—one sick and abused, but desperately clinging to her young daughter, the other jilted by the beau who fathered her ailing son—they form a friendship that will see them through unbearable loss, heartbreak, difficult choices, and ultimately, diverging paths.

A century later, Cate Sutton, a reclusive university librarian, uncovers the hidden histories of the two troubled women as she stumbles upon the cemetery on the home’s former grounds and begins to comb through its archives in her library. Pulled by an indescribable connection, what Cate discovers about their stories leads her to confront her own heartbreaking past, and to reclaim the life she thought she'd let go forever. With great pathos and powerful emotional resonance, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls explores the dark roads that lead us to ruin, and the paths we take to return to ourselves.
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Gina W

Wonderfully layered & woven stories of past & present. Based on so much history right here in Dallas/Ft Worth where I have lived my entire life. I loved it. Sweet & sad & triumphant all in one.great narrator!

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The most rewarding and touching stories about women children the least the lost in the last redemption during rowing from 1905 to 2017 based on true story about the BeracaHome for girls in Texas actual cemetery some actual buildings left and many sites where some of the girls who lift lift later I thoroughly enjoyed it some of it was very emotional but in today’s world it is very relatable I recommend it highly and I enjoyed the narrator greatly

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