Inspired by debut author Natalie Baszile’s own life and family history, Queen Sugar is a mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana, and the new life and new family it brings together. Offering a rare glimpse into the little-known and complicated world of Louisiana sugarcane farming, Queen Sugar is a tale of southern wisdom, unexpected love, and second chances.
Charley Bordelon is a recently widowed mother of an eleven-year-old girl struggling to get by in Los Angeles, when she finds out that her late father left her eight hundred acres of prime sugarcane land in Louisiana—with the stipulation that she must farm it or lose it. His reasons for doing this are mysterious, but Charley embraces it as an opportunity to begin a new life for her and her daughter on the gulf coast. But no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that’s mired in the past: cane farming is very much a white man’s business, and her grandmother, Miss Honey, is far thornier than she remembers. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and threatening brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.