Excellent book - the story is full of emotions - sadness, happiness, guilt, fear, hope
Sugar, a young prostitute, comes to Bigelow, Arkansas, to start a new life. She moves in next door to Pearl and Joe, who are still grieving over their murdered daughter. An unlikely friendship develops between Sugar and Pearl as they learn to trust each other and finally confide in each other. There are so many connections in the story between different people........it keeps the reader on edge. It makes the reader want to read the story carefully so as not to miss any of the connections. The author presents them in subtle ways, which is interesting. She doesn't blatantly throw them into the story.
Although the ending is realistic, I had hoped for a happier one.
I would read this again someday.
McFadden's style reminds me a lot of J. California Cooper, who IMHO is THE BEST African-American author I've ever had the pleasure of reading.
I was half-way through "Sugar" before I found out there was a sequel to the story, "This Bitter Earth". I promptly ordered the sequel and look forward to adding the rest of McFadden's titles to my library.
The characters were so real - it seemed as if they were people I actually grew up around...or with. The story drew you in from the beginning and held you until the end.
Excellent author, excellent book! Highly recommend!
Wonderful story about a young prostitute who come to find a new life in a new town. It is about the connection of Sugar and Pearl who need each other at a very important time in their lives.
Debut novel set in the south in the 1950's. Good story.
This book caught my attention immediately and wouldnt turn me loose till the last page. The characters will make you smile and may even shock you. They are moving, vivid, real people who struggle through life the best they know how. I recommend this book as a very good read,
The year was 1940 in Bigelow, Arkansas. Bigelow was still trapped by the ugliness of segregation. Neither the towns white residents nor their sheriff concerned themselves with the tragic murder of Jude, a young black girl. Jude was the only daughter of Pearl and Joe. Life, as Pearl knew it, stopped for her that day, leaving her dead inside for the next fifteen years.
1955 was the year that Sugar Lacey stepped off the train at Bigelow. Sugar was tall, dark and lovely. She walked with a strut in her step, her longs legs showing off the short tight dress and red spiked heels. Her eyes hidden behind cats-eye-shaped sunglasses and a long blonde wig on her head that bounced every time she took a step. Sugar walked through the town to her new home at 10 Grover Street knowing the women watched her walk, with their arms folded defiantly across their breasts or fisted angrily on their hips. The women hated her and the men wanted her.
All the women except Pearl, who thought Sugar resembles Jude with an eerie similarity. The two women bonded, the older church going Pearl and Sugar; a women who sold her body, a beautiful, uninhibited spirit. Pearl shocks the town as she begins to live again but as time passes we discover long buried secrets that could destroy lives,
An absolutely GREAT read. I loved it! Definitely keeping this one on my shelf. Some of the secrets and surprises about her parents/family gave me goosebumps. I wish Sugar would've ended up with that nice guy but in the end...its a good thing she didnt. (Wink) Very heartfelt and touching story. I need more like this.
Sugar is a girl lost in the world of prostitution, abuse and without many feelings = but as she returns home she feels love where she never expected to find it. As she reaches out to build a new life, a most horrific brutal scene takes place, leaving her with answers to a 15 year old brutal murder. What now? Where to go, as life has forever changed for her and those who love her.
There is a sequel to this book as Sugar's life continues................