This Bitter Earth

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This Bitter Earth

The Story of Sugar Lacey

By Bernice L. McFadden

Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452283817, 276pp.

Publication Date: December 31, 2002

Description
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.


Praise For This Bitter Earth

“McFadden’s sensuous prose and folk wisdom conjure a memorable character with complexity and grace.”  —People magazine



“At times dark and haunting but ultimately hopeful, This Bitter Earth is a riveting tale of courage and triumph.” —Heart & Soul