Queen Sugar by Natalie BaszileA mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana
Why exactly Charley Bordelon’s late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles.
They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that’s mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must 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.
Penguin has a rich tradition of publishing strong Southern debut fiction—from Sue Monk Kidd to Kathryn Stockett to Beth Hoffman. In Queen Sugar, we now have a debut from the African American point of view. Stirring in its storytelling of one woman against the odds and intimate in its exploration of the complexities of contemporary southern life, Queen Sugar is an unforgettable tale of endurance and hope.
Charley and her daughter Micah drive from Los Angeles to Louisiana to start a new life after Charley inherits a sugarcane farm from her father. They move in with Charley's grandmother and she gets down to the farm work right away. Charley is at a disadvantage; she knows nothing about farming in general, much less the specifics of sugarcane and her crop manager quit months before her arrival without telling her. Some of the other farmers in town expect her to sell, take the money, and run, but her father's trust does not leave that as an option. She must work the fields and make them profitable in order to create a stable legacy for herself and her daughter.
Oprah, Ava DuVernay, and a cast filled with actors who are far overdue for an excellent part, all in one series? Already, Queen Sugar is one of the fall's most exciting new series. And since the rest of the fall season is filled with adaptations or remakes, it makes sense to ask: is Queen Sugar based on a true story? DuVernay and Oprah's collaboration in Selma brought one of history's greatest stories to life wonderfully, but the family depicted in this new series isn't a real one. In fact, Queen Sugar is based on a novel by Natalie Baszile, which tells the fictional story of the Bordeleon family as protagonist Charley moves to the countryside after she inherits a piece of Louisiana land. Like in the novel, the OWN Series will show that with hundreds of acres of sugarcane now in her possession, Charley becomes a target for those who both need her help and those who want to take advantage of her. However, the TV adaptation is making some changes to its subject matter, putting aside real and imagined history.
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Right now," Aunt Vi tells her after Nova delivers a self-important soliloquy in defense of her decision to tell all Vi's business in her memoir. I don't want to talk to you. Now right now. Not tomorrow. Way I'm feeling, even 10 years can't put enough distance between us. In my version, I thought my mom might slap me with a Bible before kicking me out of her life. But not for the same reasons as Nova, though.