Slow Way Home by Michael Morris

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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.


About Michael Morris

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Michael Morris a critically acclaimed author whose work has been compared to Harper Lee, Flannery O'Connor, and Mark Twain by the Washington Post. His debut novel, Place Called Wiregrass, won a Christy Award and was named an Indie Next List Great Read. His second novel, Slow Way Home, was one of the top three recommended books of the year by the same organization. It was also named one of the best novels of 2003 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Michael and his wife live in Birmingham, AL.
Published April 1, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 306 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A Southern boy becomes a pawn in a dicey custody battle in Morris's uneven second novel, which begins when eight-year-old Brandon Willard's drug addict mother, Sophie, runs off to Canada wi

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