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Sugar: A Novel by [Bernice L. McFadden]
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Praise for Sugar

“Strong and folksy storytelling...think Zora Neale Hurston...Sugar speaks of what is real.”—The Dallas Morning News

“A literary explosion...McFadden reveals amazing talent.”—The Chicago Defender 

“McFadden's debut novel is an earthy slice of life in a small Southern town. When Sugar, a prostitute who never had a chance for love or a normal life, moves into the house next door to Pearl, a matron who lost her spirit after the murder of her daughter 15 years before, the two women form a bond strong enough to withstand even the most vicious gossip. But secrets from both of their pasts may prove too much even for these two compelling women, and Sugar must choose between her dreams for something better and the people she has learned to love. McFadden captures the full character of small-town life and the strengths and weaknesses of its people. This novel of friendship and loss is an excellent addition to the growing body of work by young African American writers.”—Library Journal
“With her eponymous anti-heroine, debut novelist McFadden breaks the mold of a venerable stereotype. Here, the hooker with a heart of gold is instead a hooker with a past so tarnished no amount of polishing can change her fate...This ambitious first novel will appeal to readers who can appreciate Sugar's determination to come to terms with her past and fashion a viable future.”—Publishers Weekly

From the Author

Dear Reader,
I had an epiphany some time back concerning SUGAR. The story is set in Bigelow, Arkansas. When I wrote the novel, I'd never been to Arkansas. Sixteen years later, I still haven't stepped foot in that state. So why in the world did I feel compelled to set the story there instead of 
Georgia, which I was more familiar with? Well, now I understand why. 
I talk a lot about "blood memory" about those memories that are passed down through DNA like eye color. This thing about writing what you know has never appealed to me because I've always believed that you don't know what you know. I 'm an advocate of writing what you feel - exploring that thing that you've become obsessed with for no apparent reason, that longing, nagging idea that keeps you up at night. That's mostly what I tackle. The unknown that feels oh so familiar. What I discovered fairly recently is that my GGgreat Grandfather, Mingo McFadden was taken by his enslaver from South Carolina to Texarkana, Arkansas. There he married, had children, owned land after emancipation and lived out the remainder of his life. Bigelow, Arkansas - the setting for SUGAR -  is a mere 161 miles away from Texarkana, Arkansas. Don't tell me PROVIDENCE ain't real....

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  • Publication Date : January 2, 2001
  • File Size : 1071 KB
  • Publisher : Plume (January 2, 2001)
  • Print Length : 240 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 735 ratings