A mother-daughter story of reinvention - about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana.
Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her 800 sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles.
They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.
Penguin has a rich tradition of publishing strong Southern debut fiction - from Sue Monk Kidd to Kathryn Stockett to Beth Hoffman. In Queen Sugar, we now have a debut from the African American point of view. Stirring in its storytelling of one woman against the odds and intimate in its exploration of the complexities of contemporary southern life, Queen Sugar is an unforgettable tale of endurance and hope.
©2014 Natalie Baszile; ©2014 Penguin Audio
I work in agriculture and found the portrayal of farming and farmers accurate and sympathetic.
The characters and story were compelling and plausible.
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I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
The characters, the struggles, the small victories, the reality of race and farming and being human are expertly woven into this intriguing tale.
The old man who becomes the advisor/salvation of the main character.
The ending scene was very gratifying.
Sugarcane farmin' in the South ain't like livin' in California!
Am anxious to hear anything more which this author creates!
Overall, I enjoyed the book. I did, however, found the author's style overly descriptive. The continual use of adjectives slowed the story and, at times, made it feel tedious. It took me a while to settle into it because I almost stopped listening, however I am glad that I finished the story.
Pure poetry!!! With vivid description, Baszile takes the reader on a journey into south Louisiana. With the daunting task of farming her inherited sugar cane farm, Charley faces a myriad of obstacles and finds love along the way.
This is a great book. Love reading about South Louisiana and the sugar fields. Charlie and her family have a wonderful life. They have had a lot of struggles but have came through it all. I can't wait for the series that will be on Oprah ' s net work.
Compelling plot. Exquisite imagery and details. Memorable characters. A setting you can see, taste, touch, hear and feel. Sorry the story had to end.
An absolutely beautiful story of the Deep South, agriculture, race relations, family relationship, economics, and a woman breaking the "glass ceiling", moreover she's a black woman - The Queen! This story is inspirational to anyone wanting to be an entrepreneur or be embraced in a love-for-life story.
Lifelong reader, with a strong preference for long, complex historicals and multi-book sagas (I've read, in their entirety, The Wheel of Time, all the currently available Diana Gabaldon, Naomi Novick, and Margaret George books, and love to draw comparisons from historic events to modern events.
Tense, hopeful, interesting
Perhaps. The story was good until it... fell apart at the end.
Charlie. She was so full of life and fascinating!
The book was great, really... tense, exciting, full of details about a part of the world I'm familiar with but not intimate. However, the ending felt really rushed - like the author decided she'd reached the end of her page requirement and then she had to just stop.
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