Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens

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547 pages hardcover
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World ex-Canada: Little, Brown, Spring 2002
UK: Virago, Jun 2002
Canada: Knopf, Spring 2002
Denmark: Lademann
Finland: Bazar Forlag
France: Belfond
Germany: Ullstein
Greece: Oceanida
Israel: Modan Publishers
Italy: Mondadori
Netherlands: De Bezige Bij
Norway: Juritzen Forlag
Spain: Círculo de Lectores
Sweden: Bonnier
Turkey: Bu Yayinevi


Lori Lansens (Photo: Ian Brown)
(Photo: Ian Brown)

Lori Lansens was a successful screenwriter before she burst onto the literary scene in 2002 with her first novel Rush Home Road. Published in eleven countries, Rush Home Road received rave reviews around the world. Her follow-up novel The Girls was an international success as well. Rights were sold in 13 territories and it was featured as a book club pick by Richard & Judy in the UK, selling 300,000 copies. Her third novel, The Wife's Tale was published in ten different territories, while her forth novel, The Mountain Story, had rights sold in eight. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, Lori Lansens now makes her home in Los Angeles with her two children.

Rush Home Road

a novel by Lori Lansens


Rush Home Road - new Canadian coverHeartbreaking and wise, Rush Home Road tells the life story of Adelaide Shadd, who finds redemption in old age, and Sharla, a five-year-old mixed race girl abandoned to Addy’s care by her white mother. Born in the first decade of the 20th century in Rusholme (inspired by the real town of Buxton), in southwestern Ontario, an all-black community settled by fugitive slaves, Addy Shadd is raped as a teenager and forced to flee the family home. She makes her way on foot to Detroit, where she becomes the housekeeper for an elderly man and his grown son, both of whom develop a crush on her. When misfortune strikes again, she sets off to make a new life for herself in Canada. Thrown off the train at Keating, not far from her birthplace, she meets and eventually marries the train porter, the wonderful Mose, with whom she has a daughter. But when tragedy strikes, Addy is left alone. Rush Home Road - Dutch cover

Now an old woman, she lives a quiet existence in a trailer park near Chatham. Her wholeworld changes when a young mother asks her to babysit her daughter, as it soon becomes clear that the mother is never coming back. Addy is glad of the company, but not sure if she’s up to the job of mothering this sweet, awkward five-year-old. Nor is she sure how much longer she’ll be around to do so. How she manages is part of the story of this brilliantly captivating novel.

Rush Home Road - UK coverWritten with verve, grace and unflinching emotional acuity, Rush Home Road is an epic story that explodes our notions of identity, justice, and heroism, penetrating one of our darkest periods with profound insight and humanity. Addy Shadd is a protagonist like no other – full of quiet, steely bravery and tenderness of heart. This spellbinding novel will leave no reader untouched.


“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.”  — SUNDAY EXPRESS, UK

Rush Home Road, the story of a 70-year-old woman's journey through the nearly Rush Home Road - Norwegian coverunbearable sorrows of her past, in order to save an abandoned little girl, is a first novel of exquisite power, honesty, and conviction. Its 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, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and A Theory of Relativity

“A poignant novel about the power of love and forgiveness.”  — BOOKLIST

“To read Lansens' Rush Home Road is to read Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women coupled with Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel, but as if both novels had been penned by Toni Morrison.... Lansens is a brilliant talent, with a profound, big-hearted comprehension of human flaws and humane possibilities.”  — THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“Those two people [Addy and Sharla] are powerful creations who will grab even reluctant readers and hold them until the end, showing that you not only can go home again but you can also go triumphant.”  — NASHVILLE CITY PAPER

“A book with the power to captivate.”  — THE IRISH TATLER

“A stunning debut novel.”  — SUNDAY EXPRESS, UK


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