Rush Home Road: A Novel

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When 5-year old Sharla Cody is dumped on the doorstep of Addy Shadd, a 70-year old woman living in a trailer park, Addy does not know how completely her life is about to change. She's hardly used to company and the troubled Sharla is not the sweet, beautiful angel she had envisioned. Over time, Addy and Sharla form a bond that neither of them expected-and Sharla begins to undergo a transformation under Addy's patient and loving care. But much to Addy's surprise and dismay, Sharla's presence brings back memories ...

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Overview

When 5-year old Sharla Cody is dumped on the doorstep of Addy Shadd, a 70-year old woman living in a trailer park, Addy does not know how completely her life is about to change. She's hardly used to company and the troubled Sharla is not the sweet, beautiful angel she had envisioned. Over time, Addy and Sharla form a bond that neither of them expected-and Sharla begins to undergo a transformation under Addy's patient and loving care. But much to Addy's surprise and dismay, Sharla's presence brings back memories of her own tumultuous childhood. As she reminisces about her days growing up in Rusholme, a town settled by fugitive slaves in the mid 1800s, she remembers her family and her first love and confronts the painful experience that drove her away from home, never to return.
Brilliantly structured and achingly lyrical, this beautiful first novel by the award-winning author of The Girls tells the story of two unlikely people thrown together who transform each other's lives forever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316008037
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 6/27/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 351,853
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Lansens has written several films and is the author of the bestselling novel The Girls. She lives in California with her family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    One of the best stories.

    Reading Rush Home Road was like being in love. I couldn't stay away. I rearranged my schedule to read it. I read til it hurt. I couldn't get enough and when it was over, I missed it. I am currently on to the next book but as I read, I have memories of the characters in Rush Home Road. I want to return (Rush Home) to it. I feel like I know the characters. I was raised in Chatham and it was like a visit home. One critic mentioned a 'churning plot' but it was precisely that churning that engulfed me. It's the kind of book that makes you forget you are reading makes you forget that someone actually wrote it because it sucks you in and won't let you go until all is resolved. Even though it resolves gracefully and lets you down gently, like all good love affairs, it leaves its indelible mark on your heart . . . forever.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    Detailed Characters You Love and Hate

    This book was lush with details. The characters were well fleshed and I missed them when the book was over. The story of a Canadian black woman's journey is rich in savagery, serendipity and savory food. You will love Addy for her strengths and weaknesses. It is truly a page-turner and I lost many a 'wink' over the coarse of it's read. I hope the author has another work in progress. Maybe, she should publish a cookbook with all the delicious foods included in the book. You will love this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

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    Exciting and fascinating.

    This story is a journey into the life of Addy Shadd, an elderly Canadian woman whose life unfolds in a series of flashbacks. A biracial girl named Sharla Cody tells the story.
    Five year old Sharla Cody is left on Addy's trailer doorstep. Addy thinks she is not up to raising this child, yet she takes her into her home and heart.
    As a child, herself, living in Rushholme, Addy learned the history of her community which was settled by runaway slaves in the 1800s. When she was a teenager circumstances compelled Addy to leave the home she loves.
    With the backdrop of African American history, struggles and dreams, and the connection between young and old, leave the reader overwhelmed with emotion. There is a lot of beauty in this book. This is intriguing and fascinating.

    Other exciting books, SCARED, by Davis, EXPLOSION IN PARIS by Pirrung, TAKE FOUR by Kingsbury.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Rush Home Road

    Awesome book...couldn't wait to find time in my day to read it. I must have liked it because when I went to put it in my journal of books, I found out that I had already read it a few years ago!! Passed it om to my friends.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    One reviewer started out by telling you that reading this book was like falling in love. That describes it perfectly. The characters in this book will captivate you from the moment you crack it open. The experience lingers for days after the book is done and you will forever be touched by the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    A book that reads like a movie!

    This is an amazing book with great characters. I did not want to put it down. I would read it again. This book should be turned into a movie. It's written with passion and intrigue. You will fall in love with all of the characters, and at the same time experience every emotion granted by the author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2005

    Wonderful!

    I loved this book, it was full of drama and was humorous at the same time. However, I was very disappointed to discover that this is Lori Lansing's only book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2002

    Outstanding Novel

    I truly enjoyed this novel. The historical aspect, in regard to the plight of Black Canadians during Addy's time, was not only entertaining, but also very informative. I found that the flashbacks superbly intertwined with the modern-day problems associated with raising a young child. What more is there to describe or say when you live in a trailer on a mud lane? Addy Shadd began to feel like a Mum to me as well. I found myself 'Rushing Home' everyday to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Insightful look at the Black Canadian heritage

    In 1978 in the Chatham, Canada Lakeview Trailer Park white woman Collette asks black Canadian senior citizen Adelaide Shadd to take in her five-year-old daughter Sharla Cody for the summer so she can live with a man. Addy agrees if she is paid. However when the little girl arrives, Addy knows from Sharla¿s appearance that Collette has abandoned her mixed race child. <P>Still Addy showers love and sustenance onto the pathetic child turning her into a caring healthy girl. While doing so, Addy looks back on her life growing up in Rusholme, an Ontario community founded by fugitive American slave passengers of the Underground Railroad. Addy loved her hometown until her father¿s bootlegging partner raped her and subsequently the pregnant teen was thrown out of her home. She lost the child and then marryies Mose. They had a child but the girl and Mose died in a railway accident. With Addy's health now ebbing, she and Sharla ¿rush home¿ seeking closure. <P>When RUSH HOME ROAD focuses on the history of blacks in Canada it is quite a fabulous historical tale. However, when the subplot concentrates on the plight of Addy and Sharla it feels like an overdone soap opera. Simply, the historical elements are so superbly done and intriguing, the other aspects of the tale pale in comparison even though they are well written and smoothly intertwined into the story line. Lori Lansens provides an engaging historical fiction novel that genre fans will relish though many will skip the present dilemmas facing the marvelous two women. <P>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Excellent!

    One of the best books I've read in a long time!

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    Easy enjoyable read. Clever title.

    A book about life, love, people, trust, pain and sorrow.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Just OK

    I enjoyed the preface of the story but felt it lacked substance. Slow reading and the ending was odd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2011

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    My Favorite Book of All Time

    I read this book a couple of years ago and although I do not remember every detail and would like to reread it, it was the best book I have read and I am an avid reader. I have lent the book to friends and it quickly became their favorite book as well. It is such a touching story of two lives and how they affect each other. It is a very real story, which is also why I fell in love with it. A Must Read!

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

    Good read!

    This novel sat on my bookshelf for a long, long time, and somehow I kept passing it up. Anyway, I recently read it and I found it to be a touching debut. The historical facts were an added bonus. I did think that Addy had too much misfortune in her life to make it entirely believable, but other than that, I enjoyed this story and would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2002

    This was wonderful book !

    One of my favorites. I enjoyed it since day one. I could not stop reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    A MOVING READING BY AN ACCLAIMED ACTRESS

    Acclaimed actress Ruby Dee has an enviable roster of credits: she co-starred with Sidney Poitier in several films, and she's an Emmy Award-winner. Miss Dee gives another award winning performance in the reading of this story of a 70-year-old woman who is forced to relive much of her painful past so that she might save a child. As a child herself living in Rushholme Addy Shadd learned the history of her community, which was settled by runaway slaves in the 1800s. When she is a teenager circumstances compel Addy to leave the home she loves. But, the name of her town becomes a mantra to her: 'Rush home, rush home.' Fate intervenes when a five-year-old girl, Sharla Cody, is left at Addy's trailer doorstep. Surely, Addy thinks, she is not up to raising this child, yet she takes the waif into her home and heart. Sharla brings more than a presence into Addy's life, she brings an amazing gift.

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