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Sugar Run

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   11.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/08/2019

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Sugar Run

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684416400
Digital Download ISBN:9781684416417


Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a run for another life.

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In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she's sentenced to life in prison. When she's released eighteen years later, she finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom but determined to chart a better course for herself. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian Mountains, she heads south in search of someone she left behind, as a way of finally making amends. There, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother living in a motel room with her children. Together they head toward what they hope will be a fresh start. But what do you do with your past—and with a town and a family that refuses to forget, or to change?

Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren's Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a break for another life, the use and treachery of makeshift families, and how, no matter the distance we think we've traveled from the mistakes we've made, too often we find ourselves standing in precisely the place we began.


"“The ability to portray empathetic characters is one of narrator Hillary Huber's signature skills.” —AudioFile

“Just plain grittily gorgeous . . . you will feel every word.” —Library Journal Starred Review

“Dread and a lush natural world infuse Maren's noir-tinged debut as she carefully relays soul-crushing realities and myths of poverty and privilege, luck and rehabilitation, and the human needs that can precede criminality through love-starved loner Jodi and her band of fellow hungry souls.” —Booklist

“Darkly engrossing . . . The novel's noir tone and taut suspense are enriched by Maren's often lovely prose, especially in descriptions of the natural world . . . This impressive first novel combines beautifully crafted language and a steamy Southern noir plot to fine effect.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Maren’s impressive debut is replete with luminous prose that complements her cast of flawed characters.” —Publishers Weekly

"Orange is the New Black by way of Bastard Out of Carolina" —Shana Naomi Krochmal, Digital Director at Entertainment Weekly

“A heady admixture of explosive plot and taut, burnished prose . . . Mesha Maren writes like a force of nature.” —Lauren Groff, author of Florida and The Monsters of Templeton

Author Bio

Mesha Maren's short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, the Oxford American, Southern Culture, Hobart, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize.