Sugar: A Novel

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Penguin, Jan 2, 2001 - Fiction - 240 pages
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"Strong and folksy storytelling...think Zora Neale Hurston...Sugar speaks of what is real." --The Dallas Morning News

From an exciting new voice in African-American contemporary fiction comes a novel Ebony praised for its "unforgettable images, unique characters, and moving story that keeps the pages turning until the end." The Chicago Defender calls Sugar "a literary explosion...McFadden reveals amazing talent." The novel opens when a young prostitute comes to Bigelow, Arkansas, to start over, far from her haunting past. Sugar moves next door to Pearl, who is still grieving for the daughter who was murdered fifteen years before. Over sweet-potato pie, an unlikely friendship begins, transforming both women's lives--and the life of an entire town.

Sugar brings a Southern African-American town vividly to life, with its flowering magnolia trees, lingering scents of jasmine and honeysuckle, and white picket fences that keep strangers out--but ignorance and superstition in. To read this novel is to take a journey through loss and suffering to a place of forgiveness, understanding, and grace.  McFadden is the author of the novels Gathering of Waters, Glorious, and This Bitter Earth

 

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User Review  - EllenH - LibraryThing

Wow, a real page turner. This is the second book I've read by Bernice Mcfadden, and her first book. I was as impressed with this as I was by her other one. Now I find out there is a book 2 of Sugar. I too have ordered it from the library. Read full review

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User Review  - ladybug74 - LibraryThing

Loved this book! Read the whole thing in one day, though I will admit that it wasn't very long. Though Sugar was a prostitute, I found myself rooting for her and hoping that things would turn out ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
Chapter Four
Chapter Seven
Chapter Nine
Chapter
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Seventeen
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About the author (2001)

Bernice L. McFadden was born, raised, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Published in the winter of 2000, her book Sugar" is still in print and recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. She also writes racy, humorous fiction under the pseudonym, Geneva Holliday.

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