Queen Sugar (Paperback)

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Natalie is from California, but this book places her firmly in the tradition of Southern writers.  Charley and her daughter move from Los Angeles to Louisiana after inheriting a sugarcane farm.  Will Charley succeed even with her judgmental mother and the tradition of sugar cane farming telling her otherwise?  

— From Staff Picks - Nicole


"Smart and heartfelt and highly recommended." --Karen Joy Fowler, author of "The Jane Austen Book Club"
Readers, booksellers, and critics alike are embracing "Queen Sugar "and cheering for its heroine, Charley Bordelon, an African American woman and single mother struggling to build a new life amid the complexities of the contemporary South.
When Charley unexpectedly inherits eight hundred acres of sugarcane land, she and her eleven-year-old daughter say goodbye to smoggy Los Angeles and head to Louisiana. She soon learns, however, that cane farming is always going to be a white man's business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley struggles to balance the overwhelming challenges of a farm in decline with the demands of family and the startling desires of her own heart.

About the Author

Natalie Baszile has an MA in Afro American Studies from UCLA and earned an MFA at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She lives in San Francisco with her family.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143126232
ISBN-10: 0143126237
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 27th, 2015
Pages: 384
Language: English