Picking books is no different to grocery shopping, so it’s essential to be absolute about what you’re putting into your basket. Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile was, however, like the item you find in the checkout aisle. In this case, I’m glad it made it to my bookshelf.
A mother-daughter story of reinvention about Charlotte (Charley) Bordelon, a woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana (NOLA) from her late father. There is no amount of planning that can prepare Charley for sugarcane farming as she leaves the life she had in Los Angeles and set off to NOLA with her eleven-year-old daughter Micah, to do what has been perceived as a white man’s business.
“Charley must now 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.”
“Girl, you’re free, can’t you see that? You’ve got your child, you’ve got your family down here who love you, you’ve got your farm. You don’t have to ask for anything. You know how few women in this world get to say that, black or white?”
― Natalie Baszile,
I’m trying not to spoil anything. There’s a series, season one aired in 2016 and season two started on the 21st June 2017 (USA) on OWN. The adaptation is far off from what is in the book but the series is able to maintain on its own path. It boasts new characters, NOLA culture, and a southern experience.
Natalie Baszile does an incredible job evoking Louisiana, reading this book felt like I was there again, being able to put an image to the places. It’s a complex book which explores an infinite of human experiences that everyone can relate to. We call this one, chicken soup for the soul. An amazing debut novel.