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Queen Sugar: A Novel de Natalie Baszile
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Queen Sugar: A Novel (edição: 2014)

de Natalie Baszile

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" 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 eight hundred 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 eleven-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 initimate in its exploration of the complexities of contemporary southern life, Queen Sugar is an unforgettable tale of endurance and hope"--… (mais)
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Título:Queen Sugar: A Novel
Autores:Natalie Baszile
Informação:Pamela Dorman Books (2014), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Charley's father dies and upon settling his estate, she finds he has sold all of his California income property and purchased a Sugar Cane farm with the stipulation that she farm it or turn it over to charity.

Charley heads back to LA with her daughter Micha (who is a rude spoiled kid) and works to turn the farm into a profitable business,

Her brother gets into trouble (as always) and heads to LA as well...

Charley's Grandmother forces Charley to hire him and his unrepentant mean attitude, jealousy, & nastiness just causes his family even more problems.

The ending is very improbable and most unbelievable.

The book had a good premise, but it was flat and the characters unlikable. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | May 26, 2021 |
Charley's father has just passed away, and she is stunned to learn that he not only owned, but has bequeathed to her, 800 acres of sugarcane fields in Louisiana. A lifelong California girl, but of late feeling like she might be spinning her wheels, Charley packs up and accepts the challenge, heading to Cajun country along with her daughter Micah, to see her farm.

Though there is a persistent, palpable sense of foreboding which accompanies scenes involving Charley's brother Ralph Angel, the overall mood of the novel is one of gritty determination — Charley is pretty kick-ass and gathers other strong, good people into her orbit in her agricultural efforts. The sense of place and local culture is also strong, which was interesting to me as I have only passing familiarity with the rural South. ( )
  ryner | May 11, 2021 |
I'm pretty sure I read this last year when I was sick. Parts of it felt very familiar. So possible reread?
I like Charley, Micah, Aunt Violet, Prosper Denton, Alison, Miss Honey, Remy and Blue but I'm leary of Ralph Angel. I like the set up: Black Lady Farmer in a traditionally white and male business.
I don't feel sorry for Ralph Angel. He's had bad luck and a tough childhood but for me there's not enough left of him to feel pity for. Endless compassion for the innocent neglected and abandoned child he once was. Nothing for the man he becomes though.
Good book about family and growing sugar cane. I didn't watch the first season in an effort to read the book first. I can't wait to power watch this first season with season 2 set to air shortly! ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
3.5. Feel like I know enough about sugarcane to work it one day. Dragged in some places, and am slightly annoyed with Baszile and her creation of Ralph Angel. I wish she'd fleshed out Remy more. Overall, interesting novel.

Also took me forever to finish. Docked a star for that. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
Read 2017. ( )
  sasameyuki | May 7, 2020 |
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" 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 eight hundred 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 eleven-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 initimate in its exploration of the complexities of contemporary southern life, Queen Sugar is an unforgettable tale of endurance and hope"--

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