Also Available as a Time Warner Audio Book
A dazzling and heartbreaking debut about two unlikely people who
change each other's lives forever.
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
seventy-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 sh