Calling Out

Calling Out

by Rae Meadows

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ISBN-13: 9781596929982
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/22/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 967,369
File size: 285 KB

About the Author

Rae Meadows is a graduate of Stanford University and the MFA program at the University of Utah. Her short stories have appeared in Mississippi Review, Flyway, 580 Split, and Fine Print. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Calling Out is her first novel.

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Calling Out 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CatieN on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The setting is an escort service in Salt Lake City. Jane answers the phone there and sends the girls out on "dates." Jane had what seemed to be a successful life in New York City on the surface but was miserable inside so purged herself of all of her material things and moved to Salt Lake City and a completely different life. The book is about her search for that different life. Could have done without the graphic scenes involving the clients' fetishes, but it was a quick read with well-written characters.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was really surprised to love this book. The protagonist, Jane, is so lost and hopeless in her life in New York City that she picks up and takes off. She ends up in Salt Lake City, Utah where she works the phones for an escort agency. Her struggle with who she feels she is and the life she is actually living hits so close to home that I just fell in love with her character. She is not perfect, but she doesn't claim to be. She is so human and fragile, just like me, just like you, just like every one of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The grammatical errors with the dialogue made it difficult to understand in places. Although I am not Morman, I noticed an inaccuracy regarding the levels of heavan. Celestial is the highest level, not the lowest. This made me question the accuracy of other Morman details. However, it was an interesting story. The writing style really exemplified the sad desperation of the main character.
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Bethiclaus More than 1 year ago
I picked up the book because it was in the Discover Great New Writers section of B&N. I enjoyed the author's writing style and the story moved along quickly without too much tied-up-with-a-bow finish. I read the book on the Nook and there were a number of problems with the formatting, but my rating is based purely on the content of the work. I would recommend the book for women who have small blocks of time for reading (I have four small children) and who want something to read that has great character content.
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TDM More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because it gave me insight into a world unknown to me (escort services) and set in a location I'd like to learn more about (Salt Lake City). I enjoyed the book, but I did not find it riveting or a real page turner. More like just a casual and fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an author ('Doc the Bunny and Other Short Tales', ISBN 0972005072), I love discovering new talent. I picked up Ms. Meadows' first novel after reading about it in 'Poets and Writers'. The book is a quick read, enthralling in its characters and scenery (Utah is the locale. Mormonism teeters in and out of the story like an out-of-round zealot). The protagonist, Jane (aka Roxanne) flees New York City for Salt Lake City in the face of a failed long term romance, finds a soul mate who becomes her lover and friend, and then, with the voice of her former New York lover seeking her out long distance, she plummets into a world of seedy depravity. Intelligent, witty (maybe a little too much of both for the role) Jane becomes entrenched in a world (that of a sex worker first as a mere receptionist, and then, as the money lures her on, as an escort) that ultimately comes close to devouring her. Overall, the players and the stage fit together well, but it is the smooth, quickly paced dialogue and narrative that move the tale. Jane is a bit too refined, a bit too grounded and intelligent to fall as fast and as far as she did. And some of the sex scenes seem forced, more like out takes from a bad bachelor party rental than a literary novel. But overall, a tight, well crafted piece of fiction.