Rush Home Road

  • by Lori Lansens
  • Narrated by Ruby Dee
  • 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Addy Shadd was a young girl living in Rusholme, she was taught the history of her town, which was settled by fugitive slaves in the 1800s. It was told to her like a storybook legend - and although Addy is forced to leave her beloved home as a teenager, the place will call to her for the rest of her life. She thinks of it as a commandment: "Rush home, Addy Shadd. Thou shalt rush home." But the stories and memories of Addy's past have been buried deep in her 70-year-old heart - memories that are by turns dark and poignant, erotic and mysterious. When five-year-old Sharla Cody is abandoned on Addy's trailer-park doorstep, the old woman doesn't know if she is up to the task of mothering the willful, curious child. But she takes the little girl into her home, and Sharla opens a door to Addy's past - to memories of the strawberry fields, the church graveyard, and the tender crust of her Mama Laisa's apple pies. The past returns to Addy Shadd, and as she sits in her trailer she can close her eyes and "see the county farms and city streets and recall each season of death and rebirth." Somehow, Sharla Cody helps Addy make sense of her long and hard life so she can find forgiveness - and finally make the journey home again.

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What the Critics Say

"Lansens is a brilliant talent, with a profound, big-hearted comprehension of human flaws and humane possibilities." (The Globe and Mail)

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Rush Home Road

I selected this book because Ruby Dee is the narrator and I had listened to "Their Eyes Were Watching God" with utter amazement. This book is equally amazing, rich characterization and beautifully narrated. I found myself connecting with the main character every step of her journey.
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- S. Davis

Excellent performance, OK book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

From the beginning this book was very intriguing and the reader's voice was totally enthralling. I listen as I drive and often space out and miss things. I have to rewind a lot, but not with this book. The reader is easy and pleasant to listen to. The book started really strongly and was pretty good throughout, but the ending was sort of abrupt. On the other hand, as an audio book it was shorter than most, which is sometimes nice. Many of them go on and on forever.


Have you listened to any of Ruby Dee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't know if Ruby Dee also read in The Help, but if not, she sounds a lot like the women who did.


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- Lindsay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2002
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio