Natalie Baszile is a new author. In this novel she is telling the story of a young African American woman living in California, who inherits a sugar cane plantation in South Louisiana. Charley arrives in the place her family came from and where most of them still live, to find a run down plantation on the verge of collapse. At the same time her down and out brother also arrives, feeling bitter about not having been included in the inheritance. The story gives a really descriptive look at hard times in the sugar cane business, towns that are now no more than ghost towns as the farmers give up and go broke. This is for real as it is set in the current climate. Also great descriptions of the whole southern Louisiana district, bayous, climate, people, language. Well worth the read.
Read by Adrienne
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