April Book Club- Queen Sugar- Natalie Baszile

A mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana.

Why exactly her late father left her eight hundred acres of prime sugarcane land in Louisiana is as mysterious as it is generous. But for Charley Bordelon, it’s also an opportunity start over: to get away from the smog and sprawl of Los Angeles, and to grow a new life in the coffee-dark soil of the Gulf coast. Accompanied by her eleven-year-old daughter Micah, Charley arrives with high hopes and just in time for growing season.

Charley is as unfamiliar with Southern customs as she is with cane farming—which poses serious challenges both on and off the farm, especially when her farm manager leaves without warning. But, rolling up her sleeves and swallowing her pride, Charley finds the help of a colorful cast of characters—blood relatives and townspeople alike—who all become a family to her and Micah.

As the cane grows, Charley is tested by a brother who is quickly using up her patience, and it will take all of her heart to keep the sugar growing and her family intact. Queen Sugar is a story of Southern wisdom, unexpected love, and one family flourishing against all odds.

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  • Donna

    We were scheduled to meet the author at an event in NYC, it was cancelled.

    April 6

  • Donna

    The addresses read differently, not sure why. We will find the spot.

    March 8

  • celeste

    Count me in. This will be an up close and personal experience with the author.

    March 4

  • Donna

    Literary readings and discussions to make you shake off your assumptions and think hard about everything. In a heart-breakingly beautiful 1924 Tudor lounge, on Sunday afternoons. Pleasant as a tea party, but with booze and cutting-edge writing. $7, includes wine and light fare.


    April 6th: Book Launch! Flying in from San Francisco, with her brand-new first novel, Queen Sugar, published by Penguin, Natalie Baszile. Joined by poet Rick Hilles & fiction writer Nancy Reisman

    March 4

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