Queen Sugar

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Thorndike Press, 2014 - Fiction - 625 pages
22 Reviews
A mother-daughter story of reinvention--about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana
Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles.
They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.
Penguin has a rich tradition of publishing strong Southern debut fiction--from Sue Monk Kidd to Kathryn Stockett to Beth Hoffman. In "Queen Sugar," we now have a debut from the African American point of view. Stirring in its storytelling of one woman against the odds and initimate in its exploration of the complexities of contemporary southern life, "Queen Sugar" is an unforgettable tale of endurance and hope.

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PS The author teaches creative writing at my school. - Goodreads
Like I said, though, I found the ending rushed. - Goodreads
The cover art is beautiful though. - Goodreads
I wasn't left satisfied with the ending. - Goodreads
One of my issues with the book was actually the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

it was well written and kept my attention where I wanted to finish the book. I was sort of hoping for a better ending to the characters especially the hero. I enjoyed learning about sugar cane and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pamela Van Arsdale - Goodreads

This reminded me of "the secret life of bees" in a lot of ways. It doesn't have the polish of Sue Kidd's book, but this writer definitely has potential. The descriptions of the Louisiana sugar cane ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Natalie Baszile has an MA in Afro American Studies from UCLA and earned an MFA at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She lives in San Francisco with her family.

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