Think Zora Neale Hurston...Sugar speaks of what is real. The Dallas Morning NewsFrom an exciting new voice in African-American contemporary fiction comes a vel Ebony praised for its unforgettable images, unique characters, and moving story that keeps the pages turning until the end. The Chicago Defender calls Sugar a literary explosion... McFadden reveals amazing talent. A young prostitute comes to Bigelow, Arkansas, to start over, far from her haunting past. Sugar moves next door to Pearl, who is still grieving for the daughter who was murdered fifteen years before. Over sweet-potato pie, an unlikely friendship begins, transforming both women's lives and the life of an entire town.Sugar brings a Southern African-American town vividly to life, with its flowering maglia trees, lingering scents of jasmine and honeysuckle, and white picket fences that keep strangers out but igrance and superstition in. To read this vel is to take a journey through loss and suffering to a place of forgiveness, understanding, and grace. McFadden is the author of the vels Gathering of Waters, Glorious, and This Bitter Earth.
Bernice L. McFaddenis the author of nine critically acclaimed novels includingSugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters(aNew York TimesEditors' Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), andGlorious, which was featured inO, The Oprah Magazineand was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a three-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA. McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York.