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The Road to Home [Kindle Edition]

Vanessa Del Fabbro
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

South African journalist Monica Brunetti had it all-- promising career, loving family, marriage-minded boyfriend. Then a life-changing encounter landed her in a hospital bed next to gregarious Ella Nkhoma, whose wit and caring challenged Monica's worldview. Their remarkable friendship would lead Monica far from the gated white suburbs, and toward a parting that left both women transformed-- and Monica the mother of two sons.

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Starred Review. After South African journalist Monica Brunetti is robbed and shot while researching a story in a black township, she is taken to an all-black hospital. There she confronts the possibility that she may never walk again and the reality of her own smoldering racism, which becomes apparent as she cultivates a unique friendship with the young woman in the bed next to hers. Ella Nkhoma, a former ANC activist who is the mother of two lively boys, is supposedly in the hospital to recover from a bout of bronchitis, but is actually suffering from a far more deadly disease. Del Fabbro, who was born and raised in South Africa, offers a fascinating window into the stark beauty and random violence that characterize the "Rainbow Nation," where racial hatred still threatens the fragile peace that has been won. Through dynamic characters and an unflinchingly honest perspective on human weakness, Del Fabbro concocts a winning story of the triumphant power of female friendship. (Apr.)


"The Road to Home is an amazing first novel." -- Deborah Bedford, USA TODAY bestselling author of When You Believe

"I was deeply touched by Vanessa Del Fabbro's poignant account of an unlikely friendship in a brutal land." -- Catherine Palmer, Christy Award-winning author of Wild Heather

Product Details

  • File Size: 242 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Steeple Hill Single Title; Reprint edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000VXM7XE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A realistic portrait of modern South Africa September 10, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
To be completely honest, I wasn't looking forward to reading "inspirational fiction," but I was COMPLETELY SURPRISED to find myself caught up in this story (and now halfway through the sequel). Sure, it reads a little like a Hallmark movie, but one that is set amid violence and an AIDS epidemic that South Africa's leadership has been extremely slow to address.

I had the great fortune to have the author present at a recent book club discussion of her work. Hearing her first-hand accounts of the violence and politics only made me more appreciative of the book. If you are interested in the country, or are drawn in the least to the images that Oprah and others deliver to Americans in neat, tidy packages, you will enjoy The Road to Home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, gentle story June 10, 2006
By Loopsy
This is a lovely book with a story that builds to a very powerful end. It moves so subtly you almost don't realize how caught up you are until you are there.

Two women become friends, despite all the barriers that exist between white and black people in post-Apartheid South Africa. Both women find themselves in situations that force them to evaluate what's important in their lives. In the process, they become important to each other.

I really loved this book. Twice it brought me to tears. The writing is lovely, and the message is both hopeful and kind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down July 7, 2005
By Leon
Post apartheid South Africa and AIDS are difficult topics to cover. The author descibes a situation facing millions daily, describing both the good and the bad without ever passing judgement or searching for a romantic ending. We are instead lead on a thought-provoking journey with the main characters. A great read, can't wait for the sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've read this year!!! July 2, 2005
A great story of friendship and courage dealing with very real and tragic situations in the new South Africa. Written with humor and understanding of true friendship. There are heart warming moments that will bring tears to your eyes, a real page turner. Read by our book club and enjoyed by all. I hope that this first time author will be writing more novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and thought-provoking December 29, 2005
This novel had powerful characters that both inspired and moved one to question some of the deeper questions, including the meaning of one's life. The setting, post-apartheid South Africa, is a character itself and provides the background for some meaningful events to take place. It's nice to read something so different than many novels set in average America. The plot held my attention and the characters held my heart. I highly recommend this novel and look forward to her future works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, heartwrenching story June 10, 2007
I picked up this book while I was recuperating from a concussion, so when the heroine (one of 2) is lying in a hospital, suffering from a carjacking/shooting, the pain she goes through helped get me through my own<g>.

What a powerful story. It really opened my eyes to S.Africa today. I had assumed S.Africa was the most developed African nation, and things had progressed quite nicely since the end of apartheid. Was I ever wrong! One thing I really liked was how del Fabbro described so many of the players in post-apartheid S. Africa and wove the history of the situation in such a way that didn't bog down the reader but helped him/her to understand the situation today more fully. I especially liked reading about the Dutch (Boer) faction, since I live in the Netherlands.

The story of two women and two young children is poignant and moved me to tears more than once. I really look forward to reading her next book which continues the story.

This book won a Christy award and I can see it was well-deserved! When I finished it, I thought to myself, this would make an excellent Oprah Book Club pick.
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More About the Author

Vanessa Del Fabbro is the author of four novels set in her native South Africa, a play based on her first novel, The Road to Home, and two children's books about a stylish dachshund from New York named Coco. In Coco's latest adventure, she travels to Rome where she is mistaken for the singing sensation, Lady BowWow. Coco Goes to Rome will be available at the end of November.

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