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The Sugar Queen (Random House Reader's Circle) Paperback – April 14, 2009
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“Bewitching…. Such a pleasurable book.”—Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
But Josey's dull, predictable life is turned upside-down when bad girl Della Lee mysteriously appears in her closet, smack-dab in the middle of her stash of moonpies, pecan rolls, and Little Debbie snacks. Della Lee is Josey's opposite: she lives fast and hard, has been arrested for solicitation, and seems to be on the run from someone. The only problem is that she refuses to leave the closet.
Desperate to be rid of her, Josey agrees to do several favors for Della Lee, which starts her on a journey of self-discovery regarding her family's past. Della Lee becomes a sort of fairy godmother responsible for giving Josey a newfound sense of confidence, and encouraging her to pursue her infatuation with hunky, injured mailman Adam, who's hiding out from his own secret.
Allen cleverly themes each chapter title around Josey's love of sweets, with the candy names reflecting various plot points: SweeTarts, Sno Caps, Sugar Daddy, Mellowcreme Pumpkins, Candy Hearts, and Mr. Goodbar all make guest appearances. Her talent lies in the clever interplay of characters and fate, with a strong Southern sensibility.Read more ›
I found the book to be surprising in some places, including the ending, which I had only partly predicted, and the part I didn't predict left me in tears. A wonderful, highly-recommended book! I truly wish the author could write faster, as it was over far too soon.
In another author's hands, this book could have been overwritten. I like Allen's concise way of writing, her character development, and the sprinkling of magic. I liked this even more than "Garden Spells".
A good story!
Josey Cirrini is twenty seven, slightly plump, and living at home with her overbearing, controlling mother. Mommy dearest demands most of Josey's attentions so to regain a semblance of balance, Josey has a closet filled with divine treats.....candies, cookies, and confections, oh my. Because her Mom demands that she stay thin, she must hide within her closet to eat these delicacies. One morning, while going in for a sugar fix, Josey is astounded by unexpected company. Della Lee, the town "give me some sugar, Baby, and I will make it sweet wine" kind of gal, decides to lodge in Josey closet after a brawl with a visceral boyfriend. Josey's life suddenly does an about turn, and, boy, does she take a ride on the rails of magic and genuine reality. We readers are with her for every twist and turn rooting for her escape from Mommy prison.
Sarah Addison Allen has such an excellent ability to blend magic realism with realism. Her characters are well etched, well developed, leaving you to exalt the underdogs and chide the villains. Be careful though as all of Ms. Allen's characters have potential for both. Her prose is lovely. And her setting in the NC ski town left me breathless from description.(I didn't even know NC had skiing)
I await her next book with great avarice. She is earning my "must read this author's books" status and I now long for Allen's next offering.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great characters in dysfunctional families making sense of their lives. A tale told with humor and magic as only Addison Allen can do. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Phyllis H. Moore
Easy to relate to and fall in love with many of the characters in this novel. The lore of a tasty snack mixed with a little bit of sex and a little bit of family and you will find... Read morePublished 14 hours ago by brookeC
This author takes me away. That is what I look for in a book. Absolutely love the hint of fantasy.Published 17 hours ago by Bryan S
To sum this book up in one word I would have to go with, meh.
The Sugar Queen is an easy read, very predictable, lighthearted with just a touch of whimsy. Read more
I've read several of this author's books. I'm usually into heavy reading: classics, literary award winners, poetry, philosophy, etc... Read morePublished 4 days ago by yoby
It took me a bit to get into the story but then I couldn't put it down. Loved the twists and turns in the storyline.Published 5 days ago by Suzanne Kingry
Everyone should pause and look for the magic in their lives...
Why must I write a certain number of words to review a book, says Amazon?
I loved this fun novel! Interesting characters, strong plot with unexpected twists, and a unique storyline made this one a winner for me. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Nicki B. Hamm