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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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.
Reading is delightful; listening to a good book is enchanting!
Quite entertaining as well as educational. Would recommend this selection enthusiastically. A good story, rich with local color and flavor. Deeply steeped in its detail of traditions both celebratory and constricting of the human soul and experience.
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.
Compelling plot. Exquisite imagery and details. Memorable characters. A setting you can see, taste, touch, hear and feel. Sorry the story had to end.
Yes. The book was entertaining and imparted knowledge about growing sugar cane. The story was well written and was weave together with excellence.
12 Tribes of Hattie - Although the 12 tribes had more characters the weaving of characters was similar.
the love scene between her and the other farmer
Made proud to read about such a strong determined African American woman pursuing something that was a little out of the norm.
I liked the story overall, and the author built several suspenseful moments that ended in non-traditional ways. I felt for Ralph Angel but understood his place in the story.
I was not as pleased with the narrator, though. It's as if she was coached to over-annunciate each word, especially ones that ended in "d" (I don't normally notice such things but it was almost distraxtin). The pausing was also awkward.
I purchased this book based on two things. First, good word of mouth/reviews. Second, the fact that it will be adapted for TV. I thought those two reasons made this a surefire good read. I was wrong. I found the story very predictable and actually very elementary. The writing lacked nuance and sophistication. That was bad enough, but I have to say this too...and I don't want to sound mean, but the narrator was not very good for this story. I found her voice representations to be either not authentic enough or to be too cartoony. I'm still excited to see the TV adaptation as stories featuring Black characters are too few. I hope Ava Duvernay can add a deeper degree of sophistication to this story.
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