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Rush Home Road: A Novel

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by Lori Lansens
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316008037
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
06/27/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
204,418
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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Rush Home Road 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
LCH47 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sometimes the transition from past to present and vice versa was a bit confusing.
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I could not put this book down. Read into the early hours of the morning. Story of love, sadness and happiness . Great book for a bookclub.
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One of the best books I've read in a long time!
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NookwormBD More than 1 year ago
A book about life, love, people, trust, pain and sorrow.
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VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the preface of the story but felt it lacked substance. Slow reading and the ending was odd.
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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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