This Bitter Earth

The Story of Sugar Lacey

By Bernice L. McFadden
(Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452283817, 276pp.)

Publication Date: December 2002

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In This Bitter Earth, Sugar Lacey is on her way out of Bigelow, Arkansas, where she'd come to break with the past. With her worn leopard-print suitcase and her head held high, she walks past the prying eyes of its small-minded, cruel-hearted townsfolk, praying for the strength to keep going. She doesn't stop until she arrives at her childhood home in Short Junction. Here she learns the truth about her parentage: a terrible tale of unrequited love, of one man's enduring hatred, and of the black magic that has cursed generations of Lacey women. A powerfully realized novel that brings back the unforgettable characters from Sugar, McFadden's bestselling debut, This Bitter Earth is a testament to the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

About the Author
Bernice L. McFadden's national bestselling debut novel, "Sugar", won the 2010 Honor Award in Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her many novels that followed include "Nowhere is a Place", "The Warmest December", and "Gathering of Waters", chosen as one of the Best Books of 2012 by "The New York Times" and "The Washington Post". She lives in Brooklyn, where she was born and raised. Visit
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