Shaking the Sugar Tree
Wise-cracking Wiley Cantrell is loud and roaringly outrageous—and he needs to be to keep his deeply religious neighbors and family in the Deep South at bay. A failed writer on food stamps, Wiley works a minimum wage job and barely manages to keep himself and his deaf son, Noah, more than a... show more
Wise-cracking Wiley Cantrell is loud and roaringly outrageous—and he needs to be to keep his deeply religious neighbors and family in the Deep South at bay. A failed writer on food stamps, Wiley works a minimum wage job and barely manages to keep himself and his deaf son, Noah, more than a stone’s throw away from Dumpster-diving.
Noah was a meth baby and has the birth defects to prove it. He sees how lonely his father is and tries to help him find a boyfriend while Wiley struggles to help Noah have a relationship with his incarcerated mother, who believes the best way to feed a child is with a slingshot. No wonder Noah becomes Wiley’s biggest supporter when Boston nurse Jackson Ledbetter walks past Wiley’s cash register and sets his sugar tree on fire.
Jackson falls like a wet mule wearing concrete boots for Wiley’s sense of humor. And while Wiley represents much of the best of the South, Jackson is hiding a secret that could threaten this new family in the making.
When North meets South, the cultural misunderstandings are many, but so are the laughs, and the tears, but, as they say down in Dixie, it’s all good.
Publish date: January 31st 2014
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
★★★★ There was just something about this book that drew me in and I was hooked. Wiley is the epitome of a real man to me. Yeah, he may not be the sexiest, buffest, richest guy in the world, but he made a mistake when he was younger, got a girl pregnant, and when she gave birth to a meth-addicted b...
I don't think there was a single person in this book I cared about
What can I say? This book has blown me away. Honest, realistic, outrageously funny, slightly bitter and sad, but also fulfilling and hopeful and joyous. I always admire reading about single parents. It never fails to amaze me how much faith and strength we have in us to fight for our children and th...
Shaking the Sugar Tree - Nick Wilgus Some parts are good, others are not. Fact is, anyone who finds this an amusing book has a fucked up sense of humor.