Item description for Slow Way Home by Michael Morris...
Overview When a drug-addicted mother successfully regains legal custody of her young son, he flees with his protective grandparents, who assume new identities in a turbulent southern town. By the author of A Place Called Wiregrass. Reprint.
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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.88" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.75" Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2004
ISBN 0060727675 ISBN13 9780060727673
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More About Michael Morris
Daniel Morris played defense and was president and captain of the lacrosse team at Boston University, where he earned a degree in journalism in 1997. He went on to coach the B.U. team for the next six seasons as assistant and then head coach, guiding them to a national ranking in the U.S. Lacrosse Men''s Division Intercollegiate Associates. Currently, he coaches defense at Boston College and serves as the commissioner and director of the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League. Michael Morris, his father, is a well-known journalist and editor. He lives in Ossining, New York.
Michael Morris currently resides in the state of Alabama. Michael Morris was born in 1966.
Reviews - What do customers think about Slow Way Home?
New Territory covered - absentee parents, grandparents parenting May 16, 2008
Slow Way Home is really a nice read. Light, easy, sweet in spots, slice of life story and interesting. It is an important fiction since it deals with the issue of an absent parent, grandparents raising a young boy, a parent who has a wilder lifestyle - not necessarily condusive to raising a child, and legal issues.
It's not my style to write a review that is a book report but instead to give some simple facts and advise if I believe it is worth reading.
With the above in mind and simple facts given, I believe this is worth reading. WHile it isn't a challenging read and is a little predictable, it is new territory for fiction and well done overall.
Borrow it, read it.
Wish there were more books out there like this one! Dec 3, 2006
Enjoyed it thoroughly - THANK YOU!
Great Southern story of a lost boy looking for home May 3, 2006
Slow Way Home by Michael Morris is a good Southern novel with an extremely strong little boy as the main character. The author does a terrific job at capturing Brandon's anger and helplessness as he is pushed around from one family to another. Brandon Willard is abandoned by his mother to his grandparents, but when she decides she wants him back, they take him on the run. Poor Brandon is moved again and again before finally finding his way home. There are Christian elements to this book, but they aren't overemphasized. The way Brandon clings to Jesus is a strong testimony to the power of the Spirit. The episode with the Ku Klux Klan in Florida seems a bit odd, but much of the book is made up of short, odd episodes in this little boy's life, perhaps it was intentional. The one complaint I have about Morris' writing style is his overuse of metaphors and similes. Many paragraphs end with one or the other, and while some are powerful, the amount of them makes the reader immune to their power.
A story of redemption Dec 23, 2005
A young boy is a pawn in a custody fight between his grandparents and his broken mother. While at first it appears that there is one victor in this case, the author draws out the complexities involved in such cases and adequately shows how no one wins when the custody of a child is at stake.
I found this story to be one of heart felt redemption. While the opening scene pulled me into the book, it is the young boy's voice that forced me to keep reading. This novel is tragic, tender, and most of all very real. The writing is artfully crafted and the plot, while sometimes predictable, does not disappoint.
Want to read more of this author Jun 30, 2005
From the first sentence spoken by Brandon to the last one written by the author in the acknowledgement section, this book had me spell bound. I was lost in the world of Brandon, a boy I saw as a modern day Tom Sawyer. Having lived most of my life in New York (moved to south Florida six years ago) I enjoyed the 'old south' setting of the panhandle of Florida. There are lots of characters to savor in this book but by far the young narrator Brandon outshines them all. A beautiful story. Today I'm going to the library to see what other books I can find by this author.