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Rush Home Road [Hardcover]

Lori Lansens
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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April 2002
Sharla Cody is only five but has already had a troubled life. Then she finds herself dumped with an elderly neighbour when her mother takes off for the summer. Although Sharla is not the angelic child Addy Shadd had pictured when she agreed to look after her, the two soon forge a deep bond. To Addy's surprise, Sharla's presence brings back memories of her own childhood in Rusholme, a town settled by fugitive slaves in the mid-1800s. In the spirit of White Oleander and The Color Purple, this is a story about the redeeming power of love and memory, and about two unlikely people who transform each other's lives forever.
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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company; 1 edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316069027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316069021
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,286,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A first novel of exquisite power, honesty and conviction. It's portrait of how much has changed, and how little, over nearly a century, in the realms of race, love, hate and loss, is quite nearly without flaws (Jacquelyn Mitchard)

A powerful and unusual first novel. (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW)

It's some time since I've read a book with the power to captivate me to the point of forgetting what is going on around. An evocative read...but ultimately a comforting and hopeful one. And if you're not crying by the end, well, you're a stronger person than me! (IRISH TATLER)

The story's beauty is in its simplicity. Told coldly, without pretension. It reveals Lansens as an honest writer with a convincing knowledge of her characters and chosen period. She takes racism, love, hate, violence and forgiveness in her stride...As the (SUNDAY EXPRESS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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*In the spirit of White Oleander and The Color Purple, a heart-breaking and page-turning story about a seventy-year old woman who relives her life when a five-year-old girl is abandoned on her doorstep --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush Home Road 27 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
An absolutely cracking read! The story is sad, funny, and utterly believable. The book deals with undedrlying racial, physical, and mental abuse of the two main characters in the book, but it is all done in a very sensitive way.
The book made me laugh, cry, but most of all kept me page-turning until the end. As a debut novel for this author, I can only say, what comes next.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rush home and read 3 Oct 2003
Format:Hardcover
This is a beautifully written book. Rush home road centres around the world of a woman called Addy Shadd who at the age of seventy is left to look after a boisterous mouthy five year old, Sharla Cody, after she is abandoned into her care by her mother. Thw books storyline is split between the trailer park where the two currently reside, and the seventy years of Addy's tumolous life, both sentimental and powerful. Growing up as a black female in the U.S the book deals with issues such as racism rape and murder and there devastating consequences but also shows that some people do triumph in the face of adversity. It's a tale of the survival of a woman who had to fight through no fault of her own, and the way in which the oddest most unlikely relationships can grow. It is ultimately a book full of hope, wonderfully thought out, thoroughly touching, thought provoking and also terribly heartbreaking. be prepared with a box of tissues because you will cry more than once. Although not just with sadness but with joy, laughter, sympathy and recognition
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant read 29 Sep 2003
Format:Paperback
After selecting this book, I was enthralled from begining to end. I passed it to my daughter and daughter in law, we all thought it was the most emotional and heartening read we had in a long while. It takes us on a journey of heatbreak, love and faith, I cant wait to read another of her books. A truly uplifting book. In the meantime I am planning to read it again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful- heart warming and heart wrenching 24 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
I grew up in the small city of Chatham where this book takes place and have visited the small village established by freed slaves that was the idea for the fictional village in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed all there references to the community I grew up in. I was also fascinated by the background story of the underground railroad and its history in this part of Canada. Although this book is a work of fiction, the information about the underground railroad is correct and the Shadd family was (and is) a prominent family in the area. (If you are not familiar with this area, don't worry, Lansens does a thorough job of setting the scene!)

The book is both heart warming and heart wrenching. The characters are well thought out and one enjoys getting to know them through out the book.

Lansens writes in a style that is easy to follow and makes the book a relaxing read. I didn't want the book to end and wanted to keep following these characters.

The story is a testament to the resilency of the human spirit.

Don't miss this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must!!! 11 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
I picked up "Rush Home Road" simply because I really enjoyed reading "The Girls". Although "The Girls" is very good, this book blows it out of the water!!!!

Addy's (the 70 year old main character) story begins when she's a teenager without a care in the World and her life planned out in her mind..... this all goes wrong, from her being raped by one of her fathers friends, becoming pregnant and exiled by her family, her traumas are never-ending but through it all she just sticks out her chin and gets on with life until she's asked to look after a little girl. I knew what the ending of this book was going to be (everyone will, once you're a way through) and I just didn't want it to end.

It was soooooo good, it's hard to write a review to do it the justice it deserves, other than to say that although I read a lot of books there aren't that many I will read again, but this is a definate.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 9 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim & was entranced from the first. The language is beautiful, the story is well-told & moves easily from past to present. An abused & abandoned child is left with a 70 year old neighbour with a troubled history herself, and the story told is one of the redeeming power of love & the strength of the human spirit. Though it sounds cliched as I write it it really is a lovely book & certainly an accomplishment for a first novel. I loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book. Highly recommended! 26 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
My partner bought me this book on the strength of it's 5 star reviews. Having read it over a weekend and throughly enjoyed it I felt I should add my own review in agreement to encourage others to read it. You won't be disappointed. The book switches between the touching present day relationship between the 70 year old Addy and the 6 year old Sharla, thrown together by circumstance, and the history of Addy's tumultuous life and her admirable strength of character in the face of adversity. An excellent compelling read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. 16 July 2010
By Squeak
Format:Paperback
I really loved it. It reminded me of the colour purple but much, much better. My mum & nana also read it after me & they also loved it - we have never all liked the same book before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Absolutely loved this book and could hardly put it down. Although some of our book club did not enjoy the ending.... I thought it was perfect.
Published 7 days ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
This is the first, and undisputeably the best , Lori Lansens book I've read and I just couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rainbow reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read!
Having lived in Canada some time ago, I am a fan of Canadian literature. A friend of mine in Canada has a book store and I recently asked her for suggestions of some Canadian... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ms Linda Doran
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written
A beautifully written story and a cracking read. Utterly enthralling, it led me through a range of emotions. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Boo Boo
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad and probably true
I enjoyed this much better than The wife's tale. It is a sad endictment of black/white living in back of beyond America. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. M. G. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writer
I enjoyed The Girls by Lori Lansens and Rush Home Road was a treat too - I recommend Lori Lansens to anyone who hasn't discovered her yet.
Published 18 months ago by P. Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars very readable
I bought this book because I enjoyed her novel The Girls so much. As with The Girls, I found Rush Home Road very readable. Read more
Published 20 months ago by helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Best fiction I have read
Simply the best piece of fiction I have read,beautifully written and incredible subject matter.Writing this book review based on memories from 3 years ago,this is a replacement... Read more
Published on 30 May 2012 by Becki D
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
It won't be the right book for you if you are looking for in depths analysis of race relations in the 1960s, that's not what it is, it's a novel with a hollywood spin to it. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by Kirsche
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Like one of the other reviews on here, I picked up this novel as I had really enjoyed "The Girls" by the same author. Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by sophynoo
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