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Rush Home Road: A Novel
by Lori Lansens

Published: 2008-06-27
Paperback : 416 pages
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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. ...
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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.

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  "Rush Home Road"by webhau1 (see profile) 02/20/14

Our club really enjoyed this book. We found it to be very well written and we fell in love with the two main characters.

 
  "Love comes late to a woman who's life has been anything but easy"by kfoulks (see profile) 08/31/09

I loved that Addy Shadd and Sharla Cody found one another. Sharla was a 'giveaway' child.. her mother simply was done dealing with her 6 year old and wanted to run away with her boyfriend, and quite literally... (read more)

 
  "Wonderful story"by carolk59 (see profile) 01/19/09

The main characters are a 6 year old girl abandoned by her mother and an elderly black woman who takes her in. The events in the story are mostly about the life of Addy, the old woman. The author weaves... (read more)

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