Sugar Run

Sugar Run On the far side the view was nothing but ridgelines the craggy silhouettes rising up against the night sky like the body of some dormant god Jodi felt her breath go tight in her chest This road we

  • Title: Sugar Run
  • Author: Mesha Maren
  • ISBN: 1616206217
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On the far side the view was nothing but ridgelines, the craggy silhouettes rising up against the night sky like the body of some dormant god Jodi felt her breath go tight in her chest This road went only one way, it seemed, in under the mountains until you were circled.In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she s sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter On the far side the view was nothing but ridgelines, the craggy silhouettes rising up against the night sky like the body of some dormant god Jodi felt her breath go tight in her chest This road went only one way, it seemed, in under the mountains until you were circled.In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she s sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter She s released eighteen years later and finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian mountains, she goes searching for someone she left behind, but on the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother Together, they try to make a fresh start, but is that even possible in a town that refuses to change Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a run for another life Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 320 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Algonquin Books More Details ISBN 1616206217 ISBN13 9781616206215 Edition Language English Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Sugar Run, please sign up Recent Questions Are either of the main characters bi like 25 days ago Add your answer See 1 question about Sugar Run Lists with This Book Anticipated 2019 Literary Fiction 142 books 163 voters The Millions Most Anticipated The Great First Half 2019 Book Preview January March 84 books 12 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 15, 2019 Larry H rated it liked it 3.5 stars.There are some books which fill you with a sense of foreboding the minute you start reading them, sort of the way you may be poised to put your hands over your eyes when watching a scary movie you know something bad will happen, but you just don t know when.That s the way I felt while reading Mesha Maren s Sugar Run This novel about a woman s quest for a new beginning even though she quickly falls into all of her old habits isn t scary, but you can just feel that things could fall o 3.5 stars.There are some books which fill you with a sense of foreboding the minute you start reading them, sort of the way you may be poised to put your hands over your eyes when watching a scary movie you know something bad will happen, but you just don t know when.That s the way I felt while reading Mesha Maren s Sugar Run This novel about a woman s quest for a new beginning even though she quickly falls into all of her old habits isn t scary, but you can just feel that things could fall off the rails at any minute, and you wish it wouldn t Or at least I wished it wouldn t Jodi was sentenced to life in prison when she was 17 years old, in 1989 Unexpectedly, she is released 18 years later, and she has a plan for what to do with this newfound freedom move back to her childhood home in rural West Virginia and live on her grandmother s land, where she spent the majority of her youth But first, she is determined to fulfill a promise made before she went to prison rescue the developmentally and emotionally challenged younger brother of an old friend Coming home was like disappearing in a way, she thought, slipping back into the past Until a week and a half ago she had thought she would not return here until death a body shipped to a family that barely remembered it, a body to be laid back into the mountains to rest but now here she was, not just a body but a jumble of wild thoughts and emotions, coming home Less than 24 hours after being released from prison, heading to a small Georgia town, she encounters Miranda, a beautiful but troubled young mother of three, with a taste for pills and alcohol and a complicated relationship with her ex husband, a once famous singer Despite every sign pointing her in the opposite direction, Jodi falls for Miranda, and the two begin planning a future that includes raising Miranda s children and her friend s brother back in Jodi s hometown It seems almost too good to be true.But when they return home to West Virginia, nothing is quite as it seems Jodi and Miranda s idyllic plans are quickly dashed, and it isn t long before Jodi finds herself caught up in her family s potentially dangerous dysfunction, which could send her back to prison, if not endanger her life Helping care for four children not to mention a flighty, unstable girlfriend in an area where same sex relationships are far from welcomed, leaves Jodi unsure of which end is up and what she should do next She told herself this was different, this was new, but still she could feel the weight of those mountains, even unseen, the heaviness of all that familiarity Can you ever truly outrun your mistakes and get a chance for a fresh start, even in the same old place Where do you find the strength to recognize the signs that you re being pulled down again into another potentially destructive situation, even if there are glimpses of good amidst the chaos Why doesn t anything work out the way you hope it will Switching back and forth between the months leading up to Jodi s arrest and the present, following her release from prison, Sugar Run is a story of a woman searching for second chances but not looking very far, or thinking clearly about what the right decisions are It s also a story of a woman who really had no chance given the environment in which she was raised, and returning to it doesn t seem like the smartest idea But can you escape your past While nothing horrible happens in the book, there are lots of close calls, and I still had this pervasive sense that everything could fall apart in a matter of minutes Even though Jodi certainly is to blame for her own situation, the complexities that Maren has given her make her an appealing character despite her faults She definitely knows how to tell a story and create an environment with tremendously vivid, evocative imagery.Strangely, given all of the tension I felt while reading the book, the pacing was very slow, almost plodding I also wasn t sure what Maren was trying to say with her characters was she saying it s okay to live life the way they did because of their circumstances, or was she simply depicting what happens all too often in impoverished, rural areas Sugar Run is quite a debut novel, and it definitely hints at a promising career for Maren She definitely gives her readers lots to think about See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can also follow me on Instagram at flag 110 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jan 20, 2019 Susanne Strong rated it really liked it Shelves audiobooks 3.75 Stars rounded up.There are times, when the cards are stacked against you Be it of your own making or simply the cut of the deck on any given day In Sugar Run try as hard as she might, Jodi just can t catch a break.Seventeen years ago, in 1989, Jodi was arrested for manslaughter She spent eighteen years in prison and honestly never imagined she d get out Yet here she is Her destination is her Grandmother s Effie s cabin in West Virginia which her Grandmother left to Jodi as a l 3.75 Stars rounded up.There are times, when the cards are stacked against you Be it of your own making or simply the cut of the deck on any given day In Sugar Run try as hard as she might, Jodi just can t catch a break.Seventeen years ago, in 1989, Jodi was arrested for manslaughter She spent eighteen years in prison and honestly never imagined she d get out Yet here she is Her destination is her Grandmother s Effie s cabin in West Virginia which her Grandmother left to Jodi as a little girl Jodi has always imagined Effie s cabin Making a life there, the beauty, the simplicity, the peace and quiet Mere minutes out of jail, Jodi meets Miranda, with her three kids in tow, on the run from her husband Miranda is needy needier than Jodi An addict who takes one look at Jodi and sees hope and a way out Simply put, Miranda replaces one addiction for another On the way out of town, Jodi makes a stop She picks up a young man named RIcky he was just little boy when she saw him last He is Paula s son Her former lover And she made a promise to go back for him For Jodi and her brood, things don t quite go as planned though they never do, do they For Jodi, she can t see past what she wants in life, what she thinks needs Everyone has plans for her, plans which would get her into deep trouble, yet she doesn t have the wherewithal to stop the wind from swirling around her She can t outrun her past and her mistakes must be atoned for Though Sugar Run by Mesha Maren is a brilliant character study and I ached for Jodi to finally get it, I simply knew she wouldn t Not with the choices she kept on making For Miranda, her path were clear from the beginning At the end of the novel I was however left wanting, thoroughly disappointed Thinking, that s it Really Thus, for me, right here, right now, there is nothing left to say Published on on 1.20.19 flag 86 likesLike see review View all 43 comments Deanna Great review I ve been curious about this one I loved reading your thoughts on it 3 Jan 27, 2019 02 05AM Susanne Strong Deanna wrote Great review I ve been curious about this one I loved reading your thoughts on it 3 I would love for you to read this Deanna I t Deanna wrote Great review I ve been curious about this one I loved reading your thoughts on it 3 I would love for you to read this Deanna I think you d like it it has such great characters I ll be watching to see if you give it a go Jan 27, 2019 06 07AM Nov 06, 2018 Cheri rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, west virginia, georgia, fiction, grit lit, debut novel 4.5 Stars I was raised up from tinychildhood in those purple hills,right slam on the brink of language Denis JohnsonThe women in the prison where Jodi is in residence have no idea what the landscape outside looked like, except the prison yard As this story begins, Jodi is in the process of being released after eighteen years at Jaxton, she d never known that there were mountains all around From the exercise yard she had seen only what was straight above, a sometimes gray, sometimes blue r 4.5 Stars I was raised up from tinychildhood in those purple hills,right slam on the brink of language Denis JohnsonThe women in the prison where Jodi is in residence have no idea what the landscape outside looked like, except the prison yard As this story begins, Jodi is in the process of being released after eighteen years at Jaxton, she d never known that there were mountains all around From the exercise yard she had seen only what was straight above, a sometimes gray, sometimes blue rectangular lid of sky Mountains were a dream that had ended when the judge said life in prison. Mountains were far off, West Virginia, home Home for her is a land she hasn t seen in many years, it s where she was lived with Effie, her grandmother, until she was sixteen and Effie died The land that her grandmother had left was so deeply a part of her, it held her memories, her moments spent with Effie when she was alive It s only natural that that land is where she wants to be once those doors open and she regains her freedom It s the connection to that time, her family The land.The problem with wanting to revisit the past, relive all those wonderful moments are the other moments the secrets you d forgotten, or thought would stay hidden away They have a tendency to pop up in the most unwelcome moments When Jodi first meets Miranda Matheson, they recognize something in each other that feels familiar A hunger for a better life, and a past filled with bad choices, especially in men They bond over this, take some comfort in this Miranda s bad choice didn t give her an 18 year prison sentence, but three young children and a bad marriage to a has been musician, a former country music star It isn t long before Jodi is smitten by Miranda, and Miranda sees the gleam in Jodi s eyes, and begins to see a future where she will be taken care of by Jodi Jodi will help her get away from her husband, and soon they are on their way to the farm she inherited from her grandmother, with another young boy from an abusive home along This novel skillfully weaves in and out of different timelines, one from 20 years before, and one in the almost present While the essence of this is grit lit, dark and gripping, it doesn t cross the line into gross lit People do get hurt, blood may be spilled, but there are no gratuitous descriptions I wanted to read this for its location, West Virginia, the background problems such as fracking, substance abuse, and the things the people in these towns face My father was born and raised in West Virginia, as were both of his parents I ve been there I still have cousins that live there, although I only met them as adults It s beautiful country, a little less manicured than where I grew up, but I ve been extended such lovely and genuine hospitality when I ve been there, that I view it with love This is also the birthplace of the author, Mesha Maren, and out of her knowledge and love of the Appalachian area, and the knowledge gained by her father s work with the Alderson Hospitality House, a nonprofit that cares and supports the women in the federal prison in Alderson, WV a story grew Out of her life there, and her frequent visits to the Hospitality House at his side as a young girl she was able to create a riveting story What Maren has produced from that knowledge, those memories and her obvious talent is this impressive debut novel A beautifully fashioned Southern noir story that will keep you completely engaged from beginning to end, not to be missed Pub Date 08 JAN 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by Algonquin Books flag 64 likesLike see review View all 43 comments Jan 20, 2019 Shelby trains flying monkeys rated it did not like it Shelves boring as hell, from publisher, gimme back my time, read 2019 Good Lort I am finally done with this book This is an actual picture of me for the last 2 months reading it That s right Two months.So you have Jodi who is just getting out of prison She was convicted of manslaughter and has finally got the freedom call She keeps thinking about some land she supposedly has in West Virginia she is going to head towards that Do I sound bored WELL I AM.at s all this book is going to get But firstright after she is released from prison she i Good Lort I am finally done with this book This is an actual picture of me for the last 2 months reading it That s right Two months.So you have Jodi who is just getting out of prison She was convicted of manslaughter and has finally got the freedom call She keeps thinking about some land she supposedly has in West Virginia she is going to head towards that Do I sound bored WELL I AM.at s all this book is going to get But firstright after she is released from prison she is traveling through Georgia and a small town that happens to be real is named dropped Then there is a bus station there I know it s a little thing but the author using a real town and not even checking her facts just bugged me Make up a dang town if you don t have the few minutes to Google Then she picks up a girlfriend and the girlfriends kids Oh wait and her girlfriend that she was convicted of killing She goes and gets her brother too.Now we headed to West Virginia You would think with this many characters that something would happen wouldn t you IT FRIGGING DOES NOT Nothing happens This whole stinking book has nothing happening You think at times that something willbut then nope.GOOD GRIEF to peanut butter I don t have much time to read so now when I do manage to finish a book it needs to be good I m going back to my regularly scheduled programming Because it s way entertaining that this pile of paper Booksource I was given this book to read from the publisher I hope they don t hate me. flag 56 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Courtney oh sweet baby geez.o months You have way patience than I finishing that book I would have dropped it after a month probably sooner beca oh sweet baby geez.o months You have way patience than I finishing that book I would have dropped it after a month probably sooner because I need insta gratification in my reading lol oh man I am so sorry.Hopefully your next read isn t as painful Feb 01, 2019 06 04AM Patty Busch Dear Shelby Your reviews are so much entertaining than most of the books I ve been reading Thanks, my friend Feb 01, 2019 10 20AM Jan 26, 2019 Suzanne Leopold rated it really liked it Jodi Mccarty is 35 years old and has just been released from prison She was incarcerated for seventeen years after shooting her girlfriend in a jealous rage Her plan is to head back to West Virginia where she will live on her grandmother s land On her journey, she makes a stop in Georgia to help her late girlfriend s brother who grew up in an abusive home There, she unexpectedly meets and quickly falls for a twenty five year old drug addict named Miranda who is struggling to raise three youn Jodi Mccarty is 35 years old and has just been released from prison She was incarcerated for seventeen years after shooting her girlfriend in a jealous rage Her plan is to head back to West Virginia where she will live on her grandmother s land On her journey, she makes a stop in Georgia to help her late girlfriend s brother who grew up in an abusive home There, she unexpectedly meets and quickly falls for a twenty five year old drug addict named Miranda who is struggling to raise three young boys Jodi collects the brother along with Miranda s family and brings them all to West Virginia in hopes of a brighter future Upon her arrival, Jodi finds that her grandmother s land is rundown and was sold while she was in prison She also re connects with her brother who lives on the edge as a heroin dealer With the stigma of being a felon it is difficult to get a job while her brothers activities are putting her and friends at risk Despite her desire to do better and change her ways, she finds limited choices are conspiring to push her back into her old life This is a debut novel by Mesha Maren I loved Sugar Run and was quickly drawn into the story because of the unique and gritty environment The character s development was complex and authentic as she teters between moving forward and backward flag 42 likesLike see review Meredith B readingwithmere Great review, Suzanne Jan 28, 2019 12 09PM Monica Kim Reader in Emerald City I can t wait to read it Great review mo I can t wait to read it Great review mo Jan 28, 2019 04 21PM Jul 21, 2018 Jessica Woodbury rated it really liked it Shelves arc, lgbtq I usually try to work through my galleys in the order I receive them, so I started reading SUGAR RUN when I found myself awake in the middle of the night and unable to go back to sleep When I read the first few pages and realized that this was a lyrical novel with lovely prose and a loose plot about a woman who s just been released from prison, I thought maybe I should put it down and read something else But I ended up reading it for a couple of hours in the middle of the night, and for days a I usually try to work through my galleys in the order I receive them, so I started reading SUGAR RUN when I found myself awake in the middle of the night and unable to go back to sleep When I read the first few pages and realized that this was a lyrical novel with lovely prose and a loose plot about a woman who s just been released from prison, I thought maybe I should put it down and read something else But I ended up reading it for a couple of hours in the middle of the night, and for days afterwards, and finished reading it in a bar surrounded by music and big tv screens, so you could say it took me by surprise with its quiet force.I thought this would be the kind of book where not much happens, but I was wrong An awful lot happens in this book, even if the first third is loose and meandering I was entranced by Jodie, who went to prison for killing her girlfriend when she was only a teenager Jodie knows the hard truths of the world but she survives on optimism that she can put right two wrongs that she never got to do the one thing she and her girlfriend Paula planned to do, save Paula s little brother and that she reclaim the land her grandmother left her in West Virginia coal country Early in her quest, Jodie meets Miranda, a sunny and sad woman who has lost custody of her children Jodie and Miranda are an unlikely pair and yet they find in each other something they haven t been able to find before, and they set out to create the new, better life they both dream of.You shouldn t need me to tell you that it doesn t go according to plan, and that is where the book picks up narrative speed Ricky, Paula s brother, is now an adult but not able to live on his own and Jodie doesn t really understand who he is and what traumas he s faced Jodie has to face the realities of being out, being on parole, and trying to make a life for her new family in a world that doesn t want convicted felons to have a life, in a place where the families who have lived there for generations are being removed from their land for fracking Everything is crumbling, but Jodie tries so hard to keep it all running We also see flashbacks of Jodie s life with Paula, ultimately leading to the answer to the question of why Jodie killed her.This is a beautifully written novel that cares deeply about its characters, though it s not the kind of book that is going to interpret their actions for you Jodie and Miranda don t always understand why they do what they do, much of it is instinct or habit or addiction I particularly enjoyed seeing the queer women in this book without having their queerness at the center of the story It is a big part of the story, like any relationship would be, and the suspicions and obstacles queer people can face in small towns are part of the story, too Feeling for Jodie, watching her try so hard, but seeing how despite her efforts everything falls through her fingers like sand was mesmerizing and heartbreaking flag 21 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Sandi rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary, debut book, prison, arc giveaway, netgalley digital, 6 kindle, 2019 5000 books 3 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Algonquin Books for the chance to read and review this ARC Publication date January 8, 2019 I am not sure exactly what it was that I was expecting or waiting for in this book, but it never seemed to materialize For a debut novel there was plenty of action in the story, some good character development and a plausible plot, but for me it just missed the mark The story of a young Appalachian girl imprisoned for manslaughter Once released she headed home to cl 3 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Algonquin Books for the chance to read and review this ARC Publication date January 8, 2019 I am not sure exactly what it was that I was expecting or waiting for in this book, but it never seemed to materialize For a debut novel there was plenty of action in the story, some good character development and a plausible plot, but for me it just missed the mark The story of a young Appalachian girl imprisoned for manslaughter Once released she headed home to claim the land that had been in her family for generations, only to find that the homestead had been sold out from under her and the mountain was deeply involved in the fracking process Hooking up with a tumultuous group of people, Jodie was never at peace I didn t care for the abrupt ending of the story and felt that there were still strings left dangling I came away from this novel unfulfilled and a bit disappointed flag 18 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Nov 22, 2018 Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves publisher sent From the beginning, I had the feeling that things were not going to turn out well for Jodi.After serving eighteen years of a lifetime prison sentence, Jodi is free under supervised release The jails are overcrowded, and she was only seventeen when convicted of killing her girlfriend Paula She is given a bus ticket and sent into the world to report to her home district parole officer.But Jodi instead takes a bus in the other direction, to save Paula s younger brother Ricky from their abusive fa From the beginning, I had the feeling that things were not going to turn out well for Jodi.After serving eighteen years of a lifetime prison sentence, Jodi is free under supervised release The jails are overcrowded, and she was only seventeen when convicted of killing her girlfriend Paula She is given a bus ticket and sent into the world to report to her home district parole officer.But Jodi instead takes a bus in the other direction, to save Paula s younger brother Ricky from their abusive father Jodi meets Miranda, a needy young mother of three who latches onto Jodi like a drowning woman to a life raft This makeshift family Miranda, her boys, and Ricky travel with Jodi to her home in the Appalachian mountains where she hopes they can find a refuge They move into Jodi s grandmother s abandoned cabin As the fracking operation pushes closer to them, Jodi s brothers draw her into their illegal activities and Miranda slips back to pills, while questions rise about Ricky.In Sugar Run by Mesha Maren, an ominous cloud compelled me to turn pages Backstory chapters reveal Jodi s story, and Miranda s and Ricky s stories are unraveled It appears that their futures are mired in decisions made long ago The story ends with violence and heartache, but also with hope as Jodi realizes there is a future beyond home and it s web to the past.This is an impressive first novel with memorable characters and polished writing.I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.Read an excerpt athttps d17lzgq6gc2toxoudfrontThere is something essential and powerful that keeps me coming back, andI feel like Jodi and I both realized at some point that although the homeyou ve recalled so vividly during all your years away is a place that only trulyexists in your heart and your dreams, it will always be inextricably a part ofwho you areom Montani Semper Liberi, an essay by Mesha Maren flag 11 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 05, 2018 Marjorie rated it really liked it Jodi McCarty is out of jail, after having spent 18 years imprisoned for manslaughter She has only two things in mind rescue her old lover s brother, Ricky, from his abusive father and then go home to the land in West Virginia that her grandmother, Effie, left her As she sets out to do that, she meets and falls in love with Miranda Miranda has her own problems She s estranged from her husband, a washed up singer, who has taken her three sons from her Jodi and Miranda help each other and be Jodi McCarty is out of jail, after having spent 18 years imprisoned for manslaughter She has only two things in mind rescue her old lover s brother, Ricky, from his abusive father and then go home to the land in West Virginia that her grandmother, Effie, left her As she sets out to do that, she meets and falls in love with Miranda Miranda has her own problems She s estranged from her husband, a washed up singer, who has taken her three sons from her Jodi and Miranda help each other and before long, she and now grown up Ricky and Miranda and her three sons are living at Effie s old home Jodi is determined to build a better life for them all here on her grandmother s land Ms Maren is quite an accomplished writer and immediately pulled me into this intriguing story A lot happens in this book and the plot covers small town bigotry, the awful destruction brought on by fracking, substance abuse, poverty, the love of land and the shifting of love The language can be tough at times but that s the type of book it is gritty and raw and earthy The language can also be stunningly beautiful I admit that I was often turned off and angered by the decisions made by these characters, especially since children were involved But then I d see glimpses of the hope in Jodi s heart and wanted things to work out for all of them.I found this one hard to put down and am looking forward to seeing what s next from this author Recommended.This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Libby rated it really liked it Shelves crime story, identity fiction, lgbtq, modern tragedy, penal system, read in 2019, suspense, published in 2019 Sugar Run by Mesha Maren is her debut novel about thirty five year old Jodi McCarty, released from Jaxton Prison after serving eighteen years Jodi isn t placed on a reentry program just supervised release with scheduled check ins with a parole officer As Jodi leaves the prison where she s been an inmate for the last eighteen years, she sees mountains and realizes that she never knew they existed, having seen only the flatness of her exercise yard This is a very deep foreshadowing by the au Sugar Run by Mesha Maren is her debut novel about thirty five year old Jodi McCarty, released from Jaxton Prison after serving eighteen years Jodi isn t placed on a reentry program just supervised release with scheduled check ins with a parole officer As Jodi leaves the prison where she s been an inmate for the last eighteen years, she sees mountains and realizes that she never knew they existed, having seen only the flatness of her exercise yard This is a very deep foreshadowing by the author that Jodi will later bring to remembrance, symbolizing the way our perspective is skewed by both our environment and patterns of thinking Maren s novel runs on two timelines August 1988 thru June 1989, which follows Jodi in the beauty and heartache of her love affair with card shark and con, Paula Dulett, and July 2007 through September 2007, the aftermath of Jodi s prison release and her attempts to rescue Paula s brother, Ricky, now twenty eight, and the forlorn Miranda Golden, in the process of a break up with her husband, former celebrity singer Lee Golden Maren beautifully builds suspense in both timelines Because Jodi has been in prison, we know that the 88 89 timeline is going to end badly In a way, Jodi is an innocent, sheltered from knowledge of the world by her long time in prison Maren doesn t expound on this, but presents it to the reader in Jodi s expectations and the way Jodi experiences the world Abandoned at age seven by her parents to the care of her grandmother, Effie, Jodi is the very definition of an at risk child Only sixteen when Effie dies, there is no one to rush in and fill the deficit of the only selfless love Jodi has ever known Upon her prison release, the only support she has is the four hundred dollars her mother sends, a loan from her twin brothers and her father s disability check Like a homing pigeon, Jodi makes for the town where she was born in West Virginia Along the way, Jodi tries to rescue Ricky, and then Miranda, with her brood of three little boys She realizes she s trying to build the family she hasn t had since Effie died When she begins to fall in love with Miranda, unforeseen complications abound As Jodi is trying to find work and build a life for herself, I realize how marginalized the life of a felon is The odds are truly stacked against them When legitimate ways of making a living aren t available, where does the ex prisoner turn This novel is somewhat depressing Because the number of people in prisons has grown so much, I can t help but think of how many real life stories there are that are similar in tone to this one That doesn t change the crimes, the pain inflicted, or the tragedy for many children who have a parent in prison Mesha Maren is a truly gifted writer, however, and I was definitely buoyed by her gorgeous use of language Very raw at times at others, stunning with a metaphor or cutting with an illuminating quality that shone off the page I felt Jodi s heart path, her longing, her hopes I wished the best for her The significance of Maren s last sentence is a little pop of an epiphany, a very satisfying ending flag 8 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Dec 12, 2018 Margo Littell rated it really liked it Shelves arc At seventeen, Jodi was imprisoned for what she s always maintained was a gun accident that left her girlfriend, Paula, dead Now, released after serving eighteen years of her sentence, Jodi is free She meets a wayward single mother, Miranda, who is barely managing to care for herself and three young sons Miranda agrees to help Jodi keep the promise she made to Paula years ago to rescue Paula s little brother, Ricky, from their violent father Of course, Ricky is no longer a scared child he s At seventeen, Jodi was imprisoned for what she s always maintained was a gun accident that left her girlfriend, Paula, dead Now, released after serving eighteen years of her sentence, Jodi is free She meets a wayward single mother, Miranda, who is barely managing to care for herself and three young sons Miranda agrees to help Jodi keep the promise she made to Paula years ago to rescue Paula s little brother, Ricky, from their violent father Of course, Ricky is no longer a scared child he s a grown man with anger and secrets of his own This mismatched group returns to Jodi s family land in West Virginia, even though the land isn t actually hers any longer Fracking is decimating the landscape Jodi s brother seems hell bent on derailing her parole and, despite her best intentions, Jodi finds herself wrestling with the fact that some people are not meant to be saved.The ravaged land Jodi loves deftly echoes the scarred, damaged breadth of her own life Time and again she opens herself up to love, only to be disappointed by others and herself The beauty of the prose in Sugar Run offsets the blunt, harsh lives these characters blunder through, but the unsettling community forged by Jodi and the others is no guarantee of easier roads ahead Review originally written for the City Book Review I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Rhiannon Johnson rated it it was amazing Check out my full review on my blog know how I kept bitching about the repackaged and mass produced mediocre stories that publishers are throwing mega marketing dollars at in hopes that some of it sticks and people will say they love it because everyone else does WellI just finished Sugar Run and BOOM finally, a book with a backbone In the vein of Daniel Woodrell s Winter s Bone or Laura McHugh s Weight of Blood read my review of Weight of Check out my full review on my blog know how I kept bitching about the repackaged and mass produced mediocre stories that publishers are throwing mega marketing dollars at in hopes that some of it sticks and people will say they love it because everyone else does WellI just finished Sugar Run and BOOM finally, a book with a backbone In the vein of Daniel Woodrell s Winter s Bone or Laura McHugh s Weight of Blood read my review of Weight of Blood in The Glory Tree Herald here , Sugar Run is rural noir at its gritty best Full of characters scrambling to survive at the edges of society and its expectations, Sugar Run is pushed forward with a dual storyline the first following seventeen year old Jodi and her girlfriend Paula through a downward spiral of drug fueled poker binges in 1988 and the 2nd following Jodi s release from prison in 2007 Sugar Run is a glimpse into the shadows of rural Appalachia s underbelly, from the steady encroachment of a fracking operation and its numerous seedy satellite industries onto land that has been family owned for generations to the daily minutiae of that land s poverty stricken inhabitants Mesha Maren s prose alternates between razor sharp statements that cut to the bone and descriptions that will sit heavy on your heart and mind This is a definite 5 star read from me If you are ready for a book that is a detour from the mainstream monotony and you want to actually feel something Sugar Run is for you flag 7 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 08, 2018 Jessica Sullivan rated it liked it Shelves diverse books, literary fiction At the heart of this gritty debut is a damaged woman seeking redemption Jodi has just been released from prison after 18 years Her goal is to return home to land she grew up on in the Appalachian mountains, but not until she finds Ricky, the mentally disabled younger brother of her former lover, Paula.Along the way, she meets Miranda, a young mother of three boys who has faced her own set of challenges Together, they seek to build a life together, though there s a sense that they re doomed fr At the heart of this gritty debut is a damaged woman seeking redemption Jodi has just been released from prison after 18 years Her goal is to return home to land she grew up on in the Appalachian mountains, but not until she finds Ricky, the mentally disabled younger brother of her former lover, Paula.Along the way, she meets Miranda, a young mother of three boys who has faced her own set of challenges Together, they seek to build a life together, though there s a sense that they re doomed from the very start weighed down by their circumstances and the demons from their past.Sugar Run alternates between this present storyline and Jodi s past life with Paula, unraveling the details of what happened between the two of them and why Jodi landed herself in prison for manslaughter.I liked how this novel centered women who are in many ways the product of their unfortunate circumstances without making excuses for their actions Maren keeps the perspective objective, unsentimental and without judgment, similarity to The Mars Room That said, there was something that kept me from ever becoming fully invested in these characters The plot moves forward slowly and without a lot of tension I wasn t always convinced by the main characters choices and interactions, nor did I find all of the side characters necessary.There s promise here, for sure The themes and tone are there, but the lack of focus and narrative tension kept it from reaching its full potential Thanks to Algonquin Books for this ARC flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 04, 2019 Stacey A Prose and Palate rated it liked it Shelves 2019 reads After school I used to go on these walks, Miranda said We lived in this subdivision, one of those with the houses with fake shutters glued up beside all of the windows and they were always building new homes But down at the end of my road everything turned to fields, just big, blank, muddy fields And I used to walk I d go to the dead end and find a leaf or grass I d hold it up and let the wind take it, and whatever direction it blew, that s where I d go I knew if I kept walking long eno After school I used to go on these walks, Miranda said We lived in this subdivision, one of those with the houses with fake shutters glued up beside all of the windows and they were always building new homes But down at the end of my road everything turned to fields, just big, blank, muddy fields And I used to walk I d go to the dead end and find a leaf or grass I d hold it up and let the wind take it, and whatever direction it blew, that s where I d go I knew if I kept walking long enough, eventually, I would feel it Something would click and I d fit The despair felt by the characters in Sugar Run leaps out from the pages and it is an unflinching, honest look at a young woman who has been released back in to the world after spending almost two decades behind bars When Jodi gets out of prison she has no job skills, no family to welcome her home, and no prospects for employment given that she is a convicted felon She wants desperately to make a better life for herself but how Maren explores themes of addiction, domestic violence and the ugliness that is experienced by so many of the LGBTQ community living in small towns in the South Her writing is raw and haunting and Jodi has stayed with me even though I finished this book several days ago Many thanks to Algonquin books for sending an early copy to me in exchange for my honest review flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 14, 2019 Neville Longbottom rated it liked it Shelves 2019, lgbtqia At seventeen years old Jodi McCarty was sentenced to life in prison Eighteen years later in 2007 she s released, giving her the freedom she never thought she d have again She goes looking for the brother of an old girlfriend and strikes up a relationship with a new woman as she tries to make a life outside of prison I definitely think there are some good parts to this book, but it didn t end up working for me overall I was expecting there to be way of a focus on Jodi adjusting to how mu At seventeen years old Jodi McCarty was sentenced to life in prison Eighteen years later in 2007 she s released, giving her the freedom she never thought she d have again She goes looking for the brother of an old girlfriend and strikes up a relationship with a new woman as she tries to make a life outside of prison I definitely think there are some good parts to this book, but it didn t end up working for me overall I was expecting there to be way of a focus on Jodi adjusting to how much the world changed in the time she was in prison Massive changes happened from 1989 to 2007 but that wasn t really touched upon I was also expecting there to be of a focus on her adjusting to her newfound freedom This isn t a plot based novel, it s very slow and meandering But I also wouldn t really call it a character study either I still don t really feel like I know Jodi or Miranda that well Even though we see them in the present and in flashbacks, I don t think I understand them that deeply I did think the book was well written, and that the reveal of what Jodi did to end up in prison was executed well I look forward to reading books from Mesha Maren in the future, especially if she continues to write about queer women in Appalachia flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Jenn Conwell rated it liked it Thank you Algonquin Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.This story is about Jodi who has just gotten out of prison after serving 18 years there She s faced with a tough battle to try and stay out of harms way, even though it s seemingly proving itself hard to do She s traveling down south to make ammends with someone connected to her previous crime before she was arrested Along the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda This book touches on drugs, domestic abu Thank you Algonquin Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.This story is about Jodi who has just gotten out of prison after serving 18 years there She s faced with a tough battle to try and stay out of harms way, even though it s seemingly proving itself hard to do She s traveling down south to make ammends with someone connected to her previous crime before she was arrested Along the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda This book touches on drugs, domestic abuse, lgbtq relationships, fracking, prison life, you name it Prepare to get your heart torn in a million pieces It s focus on heavy life topics is like none other.This a lyrical novel written with beautiful prose It was elegant to read, but I felt that the storyline itself could have been a bit stronger I felt lost in the translation in some places This novel brings up topics that I feel most other writers would purposefully steer away from, and for that I give immense credit and gratitude to Mesha This one is going to spark some great conversation, I am sure of it Also, be sure to check out her interview from NPR to get a background of how this story came about it s super cool.3 5 StarsFrom my blog and instagram account livereadandprosper flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Geonn Cannon rated it liked it I m not really a big fan of bleak, dark, noir stories like this one, but it was very well written and kept me invested It s also another example of a book that has a Very Important Event that takes place in the main character s past, but it tells us via alternating flashback chapters so that the book ends with the reveal of what actually happened It s like a book being spliced with its prequel flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Lindsay Hunter rated it it was amazing Every sentence is perfect A book that lets you settle in and breathe, then knocks the breath right out of you flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Kristin Leigh rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 reads I received a free copy of this book from the publisher based on my review of another excellent novel with a non linear plot about women who commit crimes, Emily Ruskovich s Idaho They picked their audience well, I really loved this In the vocabulary of this novel, a sugar run is a winning streak a stretch of incredible luck before a crash Jodi, a lesbian in hostile territory, carries the reader through what one could call two sugar runs one in the past that we know from the start ended I received a free copy of this book from the publisher based on my review of another excellent novel with a non linear plot about women who commit crimes, Emily Ruskovich s Idaho They picked their audience well, I really loved this In the vocabulary of this novel, a sugar run is a winning streak a stretch of incredible luck before a crash Jodi, a lesbian in hostile territory, carries the reader through what one could call two sugar runs one in the past that we know from the start ended with Jodi in prison and her lover dead, and one we just have to ride to its conclusion What s most striking is how distinctly the author captures and uses the sense of risk danger a gay woman or any member of controversial minority groups carries constantly the fear of the unknown lurking under the surface of every person, the fact that gut instinct isn t foolproof and the nicest people hide prejudices and fetishes that could harm The novel is built on that danger Jodi is never able to truly know what s in others hearts, and all of the traps in this book are buried inside her closest family and friends, waiting for the smallest misstep to trigger flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2018 Tess rated it it was amazing Just finished Sugar Run by Mesha Maren and trying to catch my breath again It is a beautiful, epic novel about redemption, rebuilding, and the ups and downs of trying to create your own family flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 M.A Barrett rated it it was amazing Shelves lgbtqia I was all in on this book from page one I felt every word What a beautiful, painful exploration of redemption and shame Jodi, who went to jail in her late teens for murder, is suddenly out of jail and needs to get to WV to find her dead lover s younger brother to get him out of an abusive situation She finds Miranda, a pill popping woman child and her three boys instead and they set out on a journey that becomes something of a ramshackle life as they make their way to Jodi s grandmother s fo I was all in on this book from page one I felt every word What a beautiful, painful exploration of redemption and shame Jodi, who went to jail in her late teens for murder, is suddenly out of jail and needs to get to WV to find her dead lover s younger brother to get him out of an abusive situation She finds Miranda, a pill popping woman child and her three boys instead and they set out on a journey that becomes something of a ramshackle life as they make their way to Jodi s grandmother s forgotten farm land SUGAR RUN feels like the novel version of HILLBILLY ELEGY meets BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA, mixed with a little BOYS DON T CRY, for good measure I love the imagery of the land and the time and the people Maren has a way with making you feel like you re in the land with the characters As a New Englander who lived for many years in the south and whose grandfather was from WV, everything about the broken, poor white folks and their landscape spoke to my soul It s dark Be forewarned, there aren t a lot of happy moments This is gritty and real and every languid page made me feel anxious for what was to come I was waiting for the characters to fuck up They do so spectacularly, but sometimes with some grace and lessons learned here and there I disagree completely with the reviews that nothing happens in this book or that there s no plot I felt as though something was coming with the turn of every page and the plot is subtle, which makes it a gorgeous book, because you re not waiting for the hook You just need to see these characters through to their destination Well worth your time I finished it during an ice storm, which seems appropriate flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Paul rated it really liked it The Lesbian Crime Novel has become a genre how I wish Patricia Highsmith was alive to see it , and this is a pretty good entry Ms Maren has concocted a pretty sad, downbeat narrative about Jodi, an ex convict trying and for the most part failing to straighten out her life as she hooks up with the drug addicted estranged wife of a washed up country singer, absconds with her new lover s three young children, then lures her dead girlfriend s mentally unbalanced younger brother away from home so The Lesbian Crime Novel has become a genre how I wish Patricia Highsmith was alive to see it , and this is a pretty good entry Ms Maren has concocted a pretty sad, downbeat narrative about Jodi, an ex convict trying and for the most part failing to straighten out her life as she hooks up with the drug addicted estranged wife of a washed up country singer, absconds with her new lover s three young children, then lures her dead girlfriend s mentally unbalanced younger brother away from home so they can try to cobble together some sort of family on her family s long abandoned farm, which has been sold for back taxes and is about to be fracked into a wasteland No, Jodi does not make a lot of good decisions But Ms Maren understands her characters so well, and she relates this backwoods odyssey in such lyrical language, that the reader is praying for Jodi to make one smart choice to reverse her downward spiral, even as the author builds an airtight case for the unlikeliness of such an epiphany Not an easy read, but a rewarding one flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 12, 2018 Ed rated it it was amazing Excited about Mesha Maren s forthcoming book, I read a NetGalley copy and said I d give an honest review, get this book Jodi has spent than half her life in prison, this book begins the day she is released Part of her is stuck in what happened, she s drawn to old haunts of motels, women, roadside bars, and card tables until she can get home to a cabin in a West Virginia What s hard about prison is that while the mountains and the people changed, Jodi hasn t Characters cast long shadows Excited about Mesha Maren s forthcoming book, I read a NetGalley copy and said I d give an honest review, get this book Jodi has spent than half her life in prison, this book begins the day she is released Part of her is stuck in what happened, she s drawn to old haunts of motels, women, roadside bars, and card tables until she can get home to a cabin in a West Virginia What s hard about prison is that while the mountains and the people changed, Jodi hasn t Characters cast long shadows that stretch towards cultural touchstones like Aileen Wuornos or George Jones and Tammy Wynette For anyone who s ever sought refuge from judgment, this is a tender, relatable Southern road novel longing for and loyal to the idea of a home place and loving relationships, about mountain people and a working class family being seen flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Wendy Bunnell rated it really liked it My kingdom for an ending.This book had everything compelling characters, an amazing setting, inherent internal and external conflict, even a looming environmental threat and kids in danger from nature and humans Even the flashbacks and backstory were compelling and well written But, the plot meandered around and never really came to an ending.The writing was gorgeous, but I wished as much care was put into having the events of the book build towards something rather than just end The audiob My kingdom for an ending.This book had everything compelling characters, an amazing setting, inherent internal and external conflict, even a looming environmental threat and kids in danger from nature and humans Even the flashbacks and backstory were compelling and well written But, the plot meandered around and never really came to an ending.The writing was gorgeous, but I wished as much care was put into having the events of the book build towards something rather than just end The audiobook was very well done flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Beth rated it liked it Shelves contemporary This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Rating 3.5Thoughts Most often we all make plans at some point in our lives Sometimes they don t live up to exceptions and we end up in an end less spiral of disappointments Sugar Run, is a novel that reminds of those plans from the very beginning when the MC, Jodie is released from prison It also brings up a realistic approach as those who are released from the criminal system, have to struggle through with life after being on the inside From trying to apply for jobs, to trying to sleep at Rating 3.5Thoughts Most often we all make plans at some point in our lives Sometimes they don t live up to exceptions and we end up in an end less spiral of disappointments Sugar Run, is a novel that reminds of those plans from the very beginning when the MC, Jodie is released from prison It also brings up a realistic approach as those who are released from the criminal system, have to struggle through with life after being on the inside From trying to apply for jobs, to trying to sleep at night without the sounds from the prison after so many years.What makes this unique is going back and forth with the past and present to see how Jodie had gotten where we are now, and where her mindset is It s also interesting to see how she is slowly coming to her own development flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Susan Doyle rated it liked it review of another edition A Good TaleWell written Good characters Sad story but very believable especially how ill equipped former prisoners are for sustainable life after prison The evil brothers, constant drug and alcohol abuse were over the top for me Seemed almost superfluous flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Joe rated it did not like it I found this book to be a huge disappointment The narrative moves back and forth following Jodi before and after her release from prison.The story is confusing at best and extremely unsatisfying As I reached the end, I questioned why I had continued to read on I have no satisfactory answer flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Briana rated it it was amazing I absolutely LOVED this book It grabbed my attention right away and entangled me in the lives of the main characters I couldn t stop reading unless I had to go to work or sleep but I kept thinking about the next time I could read this book again I can t wait to meet the author tomorrow and tell her just how beautiful this book was flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Amanie rated it really liked it Shelves literary fiction, queer This captivating story about a woman recently released from prison perfectly captures the terrifying ways that hope and belonging are often embodied states rather than an end destination, and the many ways that running away from our past can also mean running straight into it Jodi has dreamed of returning to her family property in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, but has some loose ends to tie first Along the way, she meets a troubled mother of three who she ends up trying to build This captivating story about a woman recently released from prison perfectly captures the terrifying ways that hope and belonging are often embodied states rather than an end destination, and the many ways that running away from our past can also mean running straight into it Jodi has dreamed of returning to her family property in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, but has some loose ends to tie first Along the way, she meets a troubled mother of three who she ends up trying to build a life with in a place that is simultaneously changing too fast, and rooting itself in the ground with stubbornness Maren s language is beautiful and exact, the terrain often complementing the reel of memories and emotions in the characters What we remember and what we forget, and the chasm between them in which we reside, are some of many complicated states that Maren explains beautifully flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Adam Samuel Martin rated it liked it lots of hype but pretty mediocre read the mars room instead flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    2. 3.5 stars.There are some books which fill you with a sense of foreboding the minute you start reading them, sort of the way you may be poised to put your hands over your eyes when watching a scary movie you know something bad will happen, but you just don t know when.That s the way I felt while reading Mesha Maren s Sugar Run This novel about a woman s quest for a new beginning even though she quickly falls into all of her old habits isn t scary, but you can just feel that things c [...]

    3. 3.75 Stars rounded up.There are times, when the cards are stacked against you Be it of your own making or simply the cut of the deck on any given day In Sugar Run try as hard as she might, Jodi just can t catch a break.Seventeen years ago, in 1989, Jodi was arrested for manslaughter She spent eighteen years in prison and honestly never imagined she d get out Yet here she is Her destination is her Grandmother s Effie s cabin in West Virginia which her Grandmother left to Jodi as a l 3.75 Stars ro [...]

    4. 4.5 Stars I was raised up from tinychildhood in those purple hills,right slam on the brink of language Denis JohnsonThe women in the prison where Jodi is in residence have no idea what the landscape outside looked like, except the prison yard As this story begins, Jodi is in the process of being released after eighteen years at Jaxton, she d never known that there were mountains all around From the exercise yard she had seen only what was straight above, a sometimes gray, sometimes blue r

    5. Good Lort I am finally done with this book This is an actual picture of me for the last 2 months reading it That s right Two months.So you have Jodi who is just getting out of prison She was convicted of manslaughter and has finally got the freedom call She keeps thinking about some land she supposedly has in West Virginia. she is going to head towards that Do I sound bored WELL I AM s all this book is going to get But firstright after she is released from prison she i Good Lort I am finally don [...]

    6. Jodi Mccarty is 35 years old and has just been released from prison She was incarcerated for seventeen years after shooting her girlfriend in a jealous rage Her plan is to head back to West Virginia where she will live on her grandmother s land On her journey, she makes a stop in Georgia to help her late girlfriend s brother who grew up in an abusive home There, she unexpectedly meets and quickly falls for a twenty five year old drug addict named Miranda who is struggling to raise three youn Jod [...]

    7. I usually try to work through my galleys in the order I receive them, so I started reading SUGAR RUN when I found myself awake in the middle of the night and unable to go back to sleep When I read the first few pages and realized that this was a lyrical novel with lovely prose and a loose plot about a woman who s just been released from prison, I thought maybe I should put it down and read something else But I ended up reading it for a couple of hours in the middle of the night, and for days a I [...]

    8. 3 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Algonquin Books for the chance to read and review this ARC Publication date January 8, 2019 I am not sure exactly what it was that I was expecting or waiting for in this book, but it never seemed to materialize For a debut novel there was plenty of action in the story, some good character development and a plausible plot, but for me it just missed the mark The story of a young Appalachian girl imprisoned for manslaughter Once released she headed home to cl 3 st [...]

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