"Insightful look at the history of blacks in Canada"
In 1978 in the Chatham, Canada Lakeview Trailer Park white
woman Collette asks black Canadian senior citizen Adelaide
Shadd to take in her five-year-old daughter Sharla Cody for
the summer so she can live with a man. Addy agrees if she
is paid. However when the little girl arrives, Addy knows
from Sharla's appearance that Collette has abandoned her
mixed race child.
Still Addy showers love and sustenance onto the pathetic
child turning her into a caring healthy girl. While doing
so, Addy looks back on her life growing up in Rusholme, an
Ontario community founded by fugitive American slave
passengers of the Underground Railroad. Addy loved her
hometown until her father's bootlegging partner raped her
and subsequently the pregnant teen was thrown out of her
home. She lost the child and then married Mose. They had
a child but the girl and Mose died in a railway accident.
With Addy's health now ebbing, she and Sharla "rush home"
When RUSH HOME ROAD focuses on the history of blacks in
Canada it is quite a fabulous historical tale. However,
when the subplot concentrates on the plight of Addy and
Sharla it feels like an overdone soap opera. Simply, the
historical elements are so superbly done and intriguing,
the other aspects of the tale pale in comparison even
though they are well written and smoothly intertwined into
the story line. Lori Lansens provides an engaging
historical fiction novel that genre fans will relish though
many will skip the present dilemmas facing the marvelous
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 18, 2002