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The Rhythm of the Road

by Albyn Leah Hall

An unforgettable story with unforgettable characters. Profound and heartbreaking. Albyn Leah Hall is truly a talented and gifted author. The Rhythm of the Road is by far one of the best books I have ever read. Written with such insight and detail - this is a book that will stay with you long after turning the last page.

Jo spends most of her time on the road with her truck driving father, Bobby. Jo's mother abandoned her at birth, and Bobby began taking Jo on the road when she was just a baby. Jo always shared her father's love of traveling the open roads of England and Ireland. She grew up loving the rhythm of the road.

When Jo is twelve years old, she and Bobby pick up Cosima, a hitchhiker. Cosima is a country singer from Texas and Jo immediately feels closeness to her. Their paths will cross many more times in the coming years. Jo develops an unhealthy obsession with Cosima and her band.

Bobby has been prone to dark moods of depression for several years. When Jo is sixteen, she is abandoned by him. Young and alone, Jo tries to cling even tighter to Cosima and the band. Jo's thoughts become "fuzzy", she has trouble distinguishing between what is real and what is not.

Completely alone and on her own, Jo must come to terms with the reality of her life in order to move on to the future.

The Book

Thomas Dunne Books
January 9, 2007
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The Reviewer

Connie Harris
Reviewed 2007
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