The story begins with the ancestry of the Radley twins and the family’s roots in the tobacco farming industry in rural Durham, North Carolina. Life consisted of back breaking labor and constant struggle to eke out an existence. As the book progresses, Mattie Rose and Annie Lizbeth Radley come along, fraternal twins left behind by their mother at six months of age. Together, their loyal father and wise grandmother raise the girls in a practical but loving household.
The Shortest Path Home culminates as the high-spirited girls prepare to enter fifth grade and conquer new challenges. Their tenth year is one of characteristic childhood silliness, yet also a time of initiation to the complexities of the world. The author combines family and her love of the South to bring forth a poignant story of two sisters and the unbreakable bonds they share Through The Heart.
“Lynda Schultz’s first book is all about the coming-of-age adventures of the Radley sisters. Their 20th century antics are equal to the 19th century adventures of Tom Sawyer. Lynda Schultz may well be the Mark Twain of stories about girls finding their place in the world. High five for this author!”
Charlotte Roberts, Ph.D., co-author of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook and The Dance of Change.
Lynda Schultz was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina and currently resides with her husband in Chapel Hill.
For more information visit http://www.authorlyndaschultz.com
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