Rush Home Road
When I started reading this Novel I found that by the end of second chapter I was totally drawn into the story and was captivated by the characters and the premise of the story.
The novel is set in the 1920s and 1970s in a trailer park in a small town in Canada and tells the story of 70 year old Addy Shadd.
A fellow neighbour Collette drops her 5 year old Sharla off with Addy and disappears. Addy reluctantly steps in as guar...more
The characters are interesting enough, but the storyline is at best predictable and at worst contrived. There are moments that are genuinely touching interspersed w...more
The book is set in the Detroit-Windsor-Chatham corrider of Southern Ontario (as are most of Ms. Lansens books) and tells the story of Sharla Cody and Mum-Addy. Sharla is a five year old who has had a tough go of it already and Addy is a 70 year old who had a tough go of it all her life. Addy agrees to look after Sharla for th...more
Books that start with old people and flash back to their earlier lives will always capture my attention. Addy Shadd not only captured me, but touched something a little deeper while reading her story in this book. As I turned the last page and closed the book, I was surprised to discover tears...more
It is easier to be brave if you possess good health, youth and vigor. The hero of this book has lost these attributes but still finds the courage to change the life of another human. Not only does the little fat abandoned girl she embraces draw on...more
The story is told through the memories of 70 year old Addy who lives on a trailer park and is left to look after a little girl for the summer after she is abandoned by her abusive mother. Sharla Cody's mothe...more
The story is about a black woman growing up in southern Ontario (end of the Underground Railroad) and the trials of her life. This story is reflective in nature and perfectly intertwines the past and the present.
Rush Home Road was a national best seller here in Canada, and was of particular interest to me, as I'm quite close (within 45 minutes)...more
That happened to me every evening. It was a joy to open my kindle every night to go back to Addy. Not that her world is any better than mine. It is so very different though.It is just such a great story.
The author managed to move me, to love and hate her characters. To me that is a great author.
Funny cause I did read The Girls and I...more
She is ostensibly left with Addy Shadd an old Black woman who has lived an amazing life.
Addy is wonderful...she is strong, understanding, warm, no-nonsense. This is the story of love, loss, regret, anger and forgiveness. The characters are charming and the writing style is comfortable.
As Addy,s mind wanders back to the past you get glimpses of how she came to be who she was. Her life wa...more
I suspect that if I had read this novel at another time in my life, I might have had the...more
From the dust jacket:
"This novel tells the life story of Adelaide Shadd, who was born in southwestern Ontario in the first decade of the 20th century in an all-black town settled by fugitive slaves. She's forced to flee her beloved Rusholme as a teenager but the place will call to her for the rest of her life. After a brief sojourn in Detroit, Addy settles in Chatham, where she finds love and home and family. Tragedy strikes, more than once, but Addy Shadd endures.
Now an old woman,...more
I will start with--I very much enjoyed this novel. Obviously I must have a morbid taste in books, because I find sad stories to be the most interesting reads. However, I must not be the only person that feels this way; there's a reason why these books are so popular.
Other books that I could compare "Rush Home, Road" to are Someone...more
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This is a beautiful, evocative book written with skill. Lori Lansens is a Canadian screenwriter and I think that ‘Rush Home Road’ will make the transition from novel to screen with little effort. This book is written with visual and vocal expertise. Perhaps a little too much for people who want their books to be books!
This is the tale of two unlikely leading ladies. Adelaide Shadd is a...more
Addy, a tried and true saint, has seen it all. The novel starts out promising enough in that Addy is told as young child that she is ugly and won't ever find love. Well, I can go for that, as that is a lot more interesting than the opposite. Except that somehow Addy the Ugly ends up not only capturing the heart of the guy she had a huge crush on but barely spoke to (undying love that came from what exactly?) as well as about ninety other men up until the clo...more
This book was about a young girl, Sharla, being raised by her elderly neighbor, Addy, after her mother deserts her. It alternated between the present and the s...more
Throughout the book, Addy talks about all her struggles that she went through during her childhood until the present. She got raped when she was 15 and her father and town didn't accept her because they thought she was responsible for numerous things that happened in their small town in Canada, so sh...more
and so it happens again. i finish a book only to miss the characters and their stories so much that i contemplate starting over. immediately. there are but a handful of authors that i've read where i feel this way and lori lansens is certainly one of them. i read the girls last year and fell in love with lansens' writing style. the way she tells her stories. and this didn't disappoint. sure, there were a few things (maybe more than a few) that were just too perfect to blame coincidence. nonethe...more