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This Bitter Earth Hardcover – February 1, 2002

4.7 out of 5 stars 306 ratings
Book 2 of 2: Sugar

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In a heartfelt but lackluster sequel to her critically acclaimed debut, Sugar, McFadden follows Sugar as she attempts to heal her physical and emotional wounds. In the winter of 1955, Sugar Lacey leaves her man, the evil Lappy Clayton, in Bigelow, Ark., to return to Short Junction only 10 miles, but a world away. The Lacey sisters, who raised Sugar from birth and employed her in their house of ill repute, welcome her back and answer her questions about her parents. When all three sisters die, Sugar receives her inheritance, and would live comfortably if not for the ghosts of the past that won't leave her in peace. Finally, in 1965, she is drawn to St. Louis to seek out her old friend Mary. Appalled to discover that Mary's home has become a heroin den and her granddaughter a junkie, Sugar bravely and selflessly tries to save the young girl. This ordeal and a subsequent bus trip to Bigelow featuring a harrowing episode of racial intimidation are the best scenes in the novel as McFadden captures the horrors of drug addiction and the zeitgeist of a racist South. Unfortunately, the rest of the novel is too full of Sugar's victimization: suffering the pain of her past, she lacks much of the fiery fighting spirit that made her appealing and sympathetic in the first novel. Agent, James Vines. (Feb.)Forecast: Bookstores should not discount a built-in audience and praise for McFadden's past work from such notables as Toni Morrison and Terry McMillan.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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In this sequel, the heroine of Sugar, McFadden's debut best seller, learns about her past.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
  • Hardcover : 276 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0525946365
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0525946366
  • Product Dimensions : 5.78 x 1.1 x 8.54 inches
  • Publisher : Dutton Adult; First Edition (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 306 ratings