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.
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