A Novel

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452282209
  • 240 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


"Strong and folksy storytelling…think Zora Neale HurstonSugar speaks of what is real." –The Dallas Morning News

From an exciting new voice in African-American contemporary fiction comes a novel 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." The novel opens when 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 magnolia trees, lingering scents of jasmine and honeysuckle, and white picket fences that keep strangers out–but ignorance and superstition in. To read this novel is to take a journey through loss and suffering to a place of forgiveness, understanding, and grace.  McFadden is the author of the novels Gathering of Waters, Glorious, and This Bitter Earth


Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award – winner
Black Caucus Ala Literary Award – winner
Black Writers Alliance Award – winner
Gold Pen Award – winner
PRH Book Clubs Survey