Slow Way Home

Slow Way Home

A Novel

Book - 2004 | 1st HarperCollins pbk. ed.
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On the surface, Brandon Willard seems like your average eight-year-old boy. He loves his mama, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and G. I. Joe. But Brandon's life is anything but typical.

Wise beyond his years, Brandon understands he's the only one in this world he can count on. It's an outlook that serves him well the day his mama leaves him behind at the Raleigh bus station and sets off to Canada with "her destiny" -- the latest man that she hopes will bring her happiness. The day his mother leaves, Brandon takes the first step toward shaping his own destiny. Soon he sends himself spending pleasant days playing with his cousins on his grandparents' farm and trying to forget the past. In the safety of that place, Brandon finally is able to trust the love of an adult to help iron out the wiry places until his nerves are as steady as any other boy's.

But when Sophie Willard shows up a year later with a determined look in her eye and a new man in tow, Brandon's grandparents ignore a judge's ruling and flee the state with Brandon. Creating a new life and identity in a small Florida town, Brandon meets the people who will fill him with self-worth and self-respect. He slowly becomes involved with "God's Hospital," a church run by the gregarious Sister Delores, a woman who is committed to a life of service for all members of the community, black and white, regardless of some townsfolk's disapproval.

Publisher: New York : HarperOne, 2004, c2003.
Edition: 1st HarperCollins pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780060727673
Branch Call Number: FIC MORRIS
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jun 07, 2016

I enjoyed this book very much. We'll written, and moves right along. Good strong characters. A beautiful story about a young boy and his grandparents in the late 60's.


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