Set in modern day Oxford, Mississippi, on the Ole Miss campus, bestselling author Lisa Patton’s Rush is a story about women―from both ends of the social ladder―discovering their voices and their empowerment.
When Lilith Whitmore, the well-heeled House Corp President of Alpha Delta Beta, one of the premiere sororities on campus, appoints recent empty-nester Wilda to the Rush Advisory Board, Wilda can hardly believe her luck. What’s more, Lilith suggests their daughters, both incoming freshman, room together. What Wilda doesn’t know is that it's all part of Lilith’s plan to ensure her own daughter receives an Alpha Delt bid―no matter what.
Cali Watkins possesses all the qualities sororities are looking for in a potential new member. She’s kind and intelligent, makes friends easily, even plans to someday run for governor. But her resume lacks a vital ingredient. Pedigree. Without family money Cali's chances of sorority membership are already thin, but she has an even bigger problem. If anyone discovers the dark family secrets she's hiding, she’ll be dropped from Rush in an instant.
For 25 years, Miss Pearl, as her “babies” like to call her, has been a housekeeper and a second mother to the Alpha Delt girls, even though it reminds her of a painful part of her past that she’ll never forget. When an opportunity for promotion arises, it seems a natural fit. But Lilith Whitmore slams her Prada heel down fast, crushing Miss Pearl’s hopes of a better future. When Wilda and the girls find out, they devise a plan destined to change Alpha Delta Beta―and maybe the entire Greek system―forever.
Achingly poignant, yet laugh-out-loud funny, Rush takes a sharp nuanced look at a
centuries-old tradition while exploring the complex, intimate relationships
between mothers and daughters and female friends. Brimming with heart and hope
for a better tomorrow, Rush is an
uplifting novel universal to us all.
Lisa Patton, bestselling author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, Yankee Doodle Dixie, Southern as a Second Language, and Rush, is a Memphis, Tennessee, native who spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three sub-zero winters sent her speeding back down South. She has more than 20 years' experience in the music and entertainment business, including radio, television, and concert promotions, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. The proud mother of two sons, eight bonus children and eleven grandchildren, Lisa lives in the rolling hills of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and their four-legged furry daughter named Rosie.