Call Me Home: A Novel
…The art Kruse brings to her endeavor will carry the day.
MICHAEL CART, BOOKLIST
[An] impressively forceful debut novel…Kruse’s prose is vivid, precise, and promising.
WINGATE PACKARD, SEATTLE TIMES
Megan Kruse’s first novel startles in its capacity for complexity.
RACHEL HURN, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Kruse’s skillful language and unusual story construction make for an intriguing meditation on safety, survival, love, and the bonds of blood.
SARA RAUCH, LAMBDA LITERARY
…Ambitious themes and clearly wrought characters are gorgeously rendered in feeling prose.
JULIA JENKINS, SHELF AWARENESS
Kruse’s quiet debut hints at a formidable literary power as she explores what it means to live with fear while also searching for some sense of home.
JEANNE KOLKER, WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL
Kruse has a true gift for storytelling, and her descriptions of the landscapes the characters move through, both internal and external, are exquisite.
CHRIS LA TRAY, MISSOULA INDEPENDENT
Call Me Home is raw and uncompromosing…it rewards a reader’s patience by finding the poetry at the heart of all that desperation, and the grace at the heart of its family.
PAUL CONSTANT, THE SEATTLE REVIEW OF BOOKS
Megan Kruse is a young writer of raw and fearless talent and Call Me Home showcases all she can do. She writes here of harrowing lives — of a family bent and broken by violence, where each person is desperately trying to somehow grow toward light and liberation. In the process, she offers a most unlikely tale of hardness and hustle, of grace and loss, of painful love and tough breaks and the unimaginable paths we must all eventually take toward survival.
- ELIZABETH GILBERT
- Author of Eat, Pray, Love
I’ve been a big fan of Megan Kruse for a long time, but Call Me Home left me astonished by her talent. Beautifully written, deeply felt and utterly compelling, this story of a desperate family separated and on the run is full of unforgettable scenes and richly imagined characters and heady suspense. It’s so vivid, it feels like my own memory. I recommend it with all my heart.
- DAN CHAON
- Author of Await Your Reply
This is a devastating and precise portrayal of everything we mean when we say the word ‘family.’ Call Me Home made me feel very deeply and I am better for it.
PHIL KLAY Author of Redeployment
Megan Kruse has written a tough, unflinching and very loving story about an isolated family trying to scrape by and find a way, one way or another, to survive. I was deeply moved by the lives of her characters and scared for them right up to the end. Just a wonderful book, in every way.
- BEVERLY LOWRY
- Author of Crossed Over: A Murder, A Memoir
An urgent, beautiful book about love and its consequences, set against a backdrop of the unglamorized West. These characters will lodge themselves in your imagination, stick with you long after you’re done reading. A fine and original first novel.
- KEVIN CANTY
- Author of Winslow in Love
I’m not sure how Megan Kruse did it. Her first novel manages to be a swift yet contemplative story of how a family can love each other fiercely even when every heart involved gets broken. Through its cast of characters, she is able to focus on what makes a human life shine with joy or ache with conflict. Her writing is cinematic—going from intense close-ups to beautiful sweeping wide shots. Call Me Home is a multi-layered and deeply felt wonder.
- KEVIN SAMPSELL
- Author of A Common Pornography
I can’t stop thinking about this book. Call Me Home is a harrowing, beautiful, and tender novel about the meaning of home, loneliness, and the endurance of love. Megan Kruse is a talented and fearless writer, and the prose is just stunning. Call Me Home is a tremendous accomplishment.
- CARTER SICKELS
- Author of The Evening Hour
Megan Kruse is a stunning and inspiring new voice in American literature. Her beautiful debut, Call Me Home, proves that even as the violence of our lives invents us, a story can do something like save us. Read it and stick it in your heart.
- ARIEL GORE
- Author of The End of Eve
Call Me Home is an uncommonly powerful debut novel. Megan Kruse writes with great heart and intelligence as she crafts a gripping story from the shards of a broken family.
- JESS WALTER
- Author of Beautiful Ruins