"Bernice L. McFadden's first novel begins with the brief, poetic description of a crime so startling that the reader is helplessly drawn in, as if a bright red door stood ajar on a bleak and forbidding house. Pearl Taylor's daughter, Jude, has been found murdered and mutilated near a field at the edge of town. "The murder had white man written all over it," writes McFadden. "But no one would say it above a whisper. It was 1940. It was Bigelow, Arkansas. It was a black child. Need any more be said?" In the years that follow, Pearl catches sight of Jude in so many strangers that when Sugar Lacey comes to town and sets up her unwholesome "business" in the house next door, she doesn't know whether to believe what she sees in Sugar's face: a striking similarity to Jude, dead 15 years. In her sedate but supple prose--rising at times to a light, unforced lyricism in the description of landscape or character--the author perfectly renders the closed and protective society of a small Southern town, the superstitions, gossip, and prying."
Praise for the novels of Bernice L. McFadden:
"Searing and expertly imagined." - Toni Morrison
"Vivid." - The New York Times
"Eloquent..." (McFadden) is a talent worth watching." - The Washington Post
"Sweeping and intense" - Susan Straight author of A Million Nightengales
"This very American story is fascinating; it is also heart-breaking,
thought-provoking, and beautifully written." --Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of The Scenic Route
In order to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Sugar I am campaigning to sell 10,000 copies by Jan 9th, 2010.
Please purchase one for yourself or a friend. And yes, Kindle purchases count!
My name is Chris Tusa, and I'm a writer from New Orleans. I am writing because my debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, is now available, and I was hoping you might be willing to mention it on your blog (or review it). If you're interested, I'd be glad to send you an e-book version of the book. Just let me know. I've included a summary of the novel below:
Dirty Little Angels
Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses's lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses's twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.
If you'd like to read the first chapter before you commit, feel free to visit my web site:
Thanks so much,
Your website is beautiful but there doesn't seem to be function in the links. If you aren't strongly computer literate, use one of the blog outfits like google's blogger, it is pretty easy to use and setup. WorldPress is another one that is very popular. I am realatively cpu literate and I used blogger just 'cause it was easy. Once you move your blog to that, then you have a wealth of widgets from places like http://www.widgetbox.com/ that offer lots n lots of free goodies. Good luck blogging and I did got to your site and recommend a book.