Author: Lori Lansens
Genre / Pages: Fiction, Coming-of-Age / 547
Publication: Vintage Canada, 2003
Rating: 3rd shelf
Lj's plot in one pot: Not so sweet lil Sharla Cody teaches Mum Addy a thing (or ten) about forgiveness as we peek into Adelaide's youth as a citizen of Rusholme, ON.
I am back! After a gentle nudge via social media, I realized I DO have the time in my life to spend on my blog. Hopefully I can update things quickly and will have lots of good (and bad!) reviews to share in the upcoming weeks.
This book was a book club choice and originally I was not looking forward to it (can you say Oprah's book club?!?). But I immediately began to soak up the rich history that belongs to Adelaide.
The story is written with alternating chapters; between present and flashbacks to Addy's childhood and youth.
Subject matter was tough to take, abandonment, death (at all stages of life), etc. Sharla had some decent comedic timing to lighten the (very) heavy load of Adelaide's misfortune.
"Addy Shadd's skin was the colour of root beer, so wrinkled and stretched it looked like there was enough of it to cover two people...The lines around her lips puckered like a bum when she smoked her cigarette." p.18
Interested in learning more about the real life town that was the inspiration for Rusholme settlement in Canada? Click link here for the Buxton Museum website.