October 16, 2008

Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens

Lori Lansens's Rush Home Road is the story of Addy Shadd and the young girl, Sharla, that touched her life. The book goes back and forth between Addy's remembrances of being a young woman and the present time (actually set in the 1970s) where she was asked to care for Sharla by her mother who then abandons the girl. Though Addy is getting up in years, she enjoys having Sharla around as she had been lonely for quite some time.

Addy grew up in Rusholme, a community founded decades before by fugitive slaves just inside the Canadian border. Because she grew up in a black town, Addy didn't really know about racism, something she'll have to deal with later on.

Addy's story is quite sad from an early age as she is forced to leave home by her parents after they discover that she is pregnant, though what they can't/won't know is that she was raped by a friend of her father's. I feel like her life after that is a search for family. She finds a family to call her own at two different stages of her life, but ultimately Sharla is her family.

Though this is a sad book with some touching moments, it's still a good book. There were a few scenes that I skimmed over, but other than that I found it an enjoyable read.

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