A mother-daughter story of reinventionabout 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.... show more
A mother-daughter story of reinventionabout 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 fictionfrom 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.
Publish date: February 6th 2014
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
I'm a bit meh about this book. The basic plot is simple enough; California-girl Charley's father dies, leaving her with a derelict sugar plantation on the other side of the country. Charley heads out there with her eleven year old daughter to try and make a go of things. Of course, when she gets the...
This story had me feeling so many emotions, I had to take a break. While I was expecting the t.v. show base it was far greater than any episode of the show. While this isn't an in-depth look into the life of a cane farmer, it is definitely a story of lemons into lemonade. If you like the show it may...
This is very descriptive of the ins and outs of sugar cane farming. It's pretty full of struggles from beginning to end. I liked it, but I don't recommend it for anyone looking for a pick-me-up read.
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Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile is the story of Charley Bordelon a widow with a daughter at the start of her teenage years. Charley’s father has died of cancer and for some reason he has leveraged everything he has into buying an 800 acre sugar cane plantation in Louisiana. When her father passed Cha...