Queen Sugar

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Thorndike Press, 2014 - Fiction - 625 pages
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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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The cover art is beautiful though. - Goodreads
Like I said, though, I found the ending rushed. - Goodreads
I wasn't left satisfied with the ending. - Goodreads
Clearly she did her research. - Goodreads
One of my issues with the book was actually the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Shannoncc - Goodreads

I liked this book until the end. It took me a bit to get into it but once I did, I really enjoyed it. I was interested in the talk of farming (really!), liked the characters, was curious to see what ... Read full review

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User Review  - African Americans on the Move Book Club - Goodreads

Charley Bordelon was surprised to learn that she'd inherited 800 acres of sugarcane fields from her late beloved father. She, a native of Los Angeles, packed up and moved her and her young preteen ... 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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