Sugar Land is a southern fried novel about love, Lead Belly, and liberation. According to a starred Kirkus Review, Sugar Land "is a postcard of small-town Texas life from Prohibition through civil rights, tracing the treatment and awareness of gay people through these decades. The love child of Fannie Flagg and Rita Mae Brown… [a] ravishing debut.”
It’s 1923 in Midland, Texas, and Miss Dara falls in love with her best friend - who also happens to be a girl. Terrified, Miss Dara takes a job at the Imperial State Prison Farm for men. Once there, she befriends inmate and soon-to-be legendary blues singer Lead Belly, who sings his way out (true story) - but only after he makes her promise to free herself from her own prison. Sugar Land is a triumphant, beautiful novel about the heart’s refusal to be denied what the heart wants.
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- K. Meehan
Faulkner with a twist!
Sugar Land is an incredible, compelling story - I didn’t want it to end. The characters, especially Dara, felt like friends and the author shares an important perspective about what it was like to be gay in that time through a touching story that anyone can relate to— true love. I’d never heard of the musician Lead Belly before reading this book and now I am off in search of recordings!
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