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Sugar Run
Sugar Run: A Novel | Mesha Maren
37 posts | 29 read | 42 to read
A shining debut, with a heady admixture of explosive plot and taut, burnished prose. This is a book that loves its wounded characters and troubled places, and in so deeply loving, it finds a terrible truth and beauty where other writers wouldn't have found the courage to look . . . Mesha Maren writes like a force of nature. Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies 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 shes sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. Shes 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.
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Julz422
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Even though the novel kind of lost me towards the end, I enjoyed listening to the author today and appreciated her taking the time to talk about the writing process!

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Julz422
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Mehso-so

The first half of this I was super into. It started to drag out a little in the middle and then left me wanting a little more detail in the end.

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Julz422
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Perfect fall day! Finally! 🙏🍂🍁

Hestapleton That book was so good! 3mo
Julz422 @Hestapleton I‘m into it!! 3mo
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Soubhiville
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Mesha Maren and Chantelle Benz talked about the sense of place in their books, specifically rural America. I am interested in reading both of their books.

#TXBookFest2019

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Julz422
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Got this yesterday when at the #RVABookFestival with @Owlizabeth. Today is the perfect rainy reading day!

Owlizabeth You know that‘s what I‘m doing!!! 4mo
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ruskigurl16
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Mehso-so

Another one that I powered through recently. Again, another tough subject due to LGBTQ relationships, a crime, and the survival of a unit with kids and trying to find a place and a sense of belonging. There was some positive notes to this, but it felt rushed, disjointed and sadly disappointing. I would have #DNF‘ed it, but something forced me to keep going. 3⭐️😕 #recentlyread #nospoilers

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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

Jodi is released from prison as the book opens. She returns home, but picks up Miranda and her sons along the way. The story flashes back and forth between the past, where we learn why Jodi killed her former lover, and the present. The past doesn‘t really seem to impact the myriad issues she faces once she‘s released, however, so I‘m not sure what that aspect added to the story. The ending was a bit of a let down, too. 3⭐️ #Hoopla

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BittersweetBooks
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There was something unspoken, she thought, a kind of proprietary confidence and ease that parents and children seemed to carry with them. The way these four people could make this room home in a matter of minutes, claiming the space and settling in, so self-contained that the world outside seemed unnecessary
🃏🍺🚬

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mrozzz
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The chapters flit between the pasts & melded present of Miranda, an on/off drug addict, mother of 3, and estranged wife of washed up musician, Lee Golden- and Jodi, a recently released convict, thrown into jail as a minor where she stayed for 18 years. Slowly the truth of what led Jodi to kill in 1989 is shown, how her involvement with Paula ruined her, & how she hides it from Miranda, her new lover, will likely lead to her/their demise.

BookishTrish Love this photo 10mo
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BookNAround
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This is sort of last minute Louie but any #NCLittens or #Charlotte Litten want to join me tonight? It‘s a free event. I‘ll be there regardless.

BookNAround @DGRachel @dsfisher You two are the only Charlotte Littens I can think of off the top of my head although I know there‘s someone up by (in?) Davidson too. (edited) 10mo
DGRachel I wish I could, but I‘m on day two of this migraine and didn‘t go to work. I try not to do things after hours when I don‘t go to work. @4thhouseontheleft is in the Huntersville area, I think. 10mo
BookNAround @DGRachel I‘m so sorry about the migraine but I totally get it. And it is a very last minute post anyway, even if you weren‘t suffering! 10mo
DGRachel Have fun! 10mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Feel better @DGRachel ! I am fighting allergies and a headache too. 10mo
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Hoopiefoot
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Not actually from this book, but it could be. It‘s from Mesha Maren‘s story in the most recent Oxford American and I feel it deep in my soul.

Chrissyreadit Do you live in WV? 11mo
Hoopiefoot @Chrissyreadit I used to. Now I live in Delaware. 11mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
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Finished my 4th book this month. Overall, I was happy with averaging about 1 book a week. Here is my overall ranking:
1. A Woman is No Man
2. Sugar Run
3. Beautiful Bad
4. The Bookshop of Yesterdays

I guess I prefer the soul-crushing books to the sappy, heartfelt ones.

Bring it on April! ☂️🌷📚🔖

Moony Oh that a good statistic. I wish I would read one book a week. 👏👏👏👏 11mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
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Weekend ready.

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TheNerdyProfessor
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Yay Friday! Thanks for this fun topic @Samplergal

1. We are having homemade mac and cheese tonight! 😋
2. I'm reading Sugar Run and hope to finish it this weekend
3. My goal is 4.. I need to get through some of my #BOTM backlog

#fridayfun #spring #booksandfood

Bklover I‘m coming to dinner. 🥘 🧡💛 11mo
ericarobynreads Oh heyyyy! I‘m hoping to have baked Mac and cheese with broccoli tonight! 😁 enjoy!! 11mo
TheNerdyProfessor @Bklover Dinner is at 5:30! We always make way too much because those uncooked noodles never quite look like enough food 😂 11mo
Bklover Oh yay! I know what you mean - I always make way too many noodles. 11mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Finished my final #booked2019 quarter! Just in time for the end of the month.

Cinfhen Congrats!!!! You‘re on a roll!! 11mo
4thhouseontheleft Wow, that is AMAZING you have finished all 4 quarters already! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Amazing! 👏🏻👏🏻♥️♥️📚📚 11mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

A woman gets out of prison after more then half her life. She goes looking for someone left behind and the land of her grandmother. Along the way she builds a found-family and gets into some trouble.

Cinfhen Sounds good!! 11mo
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cestmabiologie
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Road Trip! 🚙

I love being a passenger because it means I can read. I‘m so happy that I don‘t get motion sickness.

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Book_Fairy_Mary
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Had the pleasure of listening to Mesha Maren speak about her novel, Sugar Run, this evening and was excited to also get the opportunity to have my copy signed.

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Lauren.Archer
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Going to give this a shot. First part was a little meh but hoping this picks up soon.

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nosferatoos
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I was deleting pics from my camera and I came across this glaring error that COMPLETELY took me out of this otherwise really great novel. You only crochet with one needle. Knitting is two. You could make the argument that the POV character doesn‘t know the difference but I do and it bothers me so much.

DGRachel That would drive me nuts, too! 12mo
OrangeMooseReads More often than not the reader will know the difference this feels like complete laziness on the authors part. 12mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Jodi is released from prison and is left to fend for herself in rural West Virginia. She gets together with a young mother of three and goes on a quest to rescue the brother of her former lover, while fighting to hold onto her grandparents' land. .
I was sent a galley at the end of 2018 and included it in a round of speed dating that is discussed on Episode 135 of the Reading Envy Podcast. I'm glad I went back to it.

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Godpants
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I think my favourite books are the ones that end badly. Where maybe nothing goes right and it‘s painful for the characters and for you too. This book hurts, and I loved every minute I got to spend with it.

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MidnightBookGirl
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Finishing this up for tonight's event with the author! Despite it being winter, it is a gorgeous 72° here in VA!

Godpants What did you think of this one? 12mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

Maren's novel--which I listened to on @scribd--is stunning. Jodi, who was imprisoned at 17, is released when she's in her early 30s. She returns to her WV home to find that her grandmother's land has been sold and any hope that she can dive back into a sense of normalcy is lost. (Continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Jodi strives to help those in her circle, and the portrayal of her attempts to come of age, 20 years late, and of the Appalachians that are her home is incredibly effective. The sense of doom that trails behind her is haunting. A gritty, compelling, thought-provoking read. 12mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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Started my first #audiobook of February ! Mesha Maren is coming to the bookstore that I work at for an event. Only a few chapters in, but digging it so far!

Rachel_nyc I‘m really looking forward to this one! 13mo
Book_Fairy_Mary She's coming here as well! Looking forward to reading Sugar Run and seeing her in person! 12mo
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nosferatoos
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First book of #24in48 I‘m getting a late start so I might not make it but let‘s go.

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Godpants
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Just picked up some holds at the library. Got my latte and I‘m ready to dive in. Anyone else reading this one?

ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! 📖📚 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 13mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 13mo
MidnightBookGirl Reading this now! The author is coming later this month to my bookstore. 13mo
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ErinGoBragh1011
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《《2019 releases I am looking forward to reading》》 A tense, atmospheric Southern noir spiked with queer themes, Sugar Run weaves between two timelines in its depiction of Jodi, a woman just finishing an 18-year prison sentence.

▪Release Date: January 8th 2019

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Hestapleton
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Anxiety is flaring up today (YAY LOVE THAT LOVE EVERYTHING), but this book is strangely calming. It‘s different from what I normally read (kudos to reading challenges for pushing me), but the language is beautiful, like sliding into a hot bath and feeling it warm you down into your bones.

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MidnightBookGirl
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Another arc #bookhaul. I grabbed Sugar Run because the author is coming to our store for an event. I'll tag the rest of the books in the comments!

MidnightBookGirl 4 (under Sugar Run) 13mo
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kyraleseberg I'm so excited for Growing Things! 13mo
vivastory I can't wait for the Tremblay! 13mo
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SunriseBooks
Sugar Run: A Novel | Mesha Maren

Beautiful writing about issues I care about. I look forward to Maren‘s next book. Fewer pills, please. #imnotaprudebutdamn

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Skeebies05
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I tried the new shortbread latte at Starbucks then rushed home to finish this book. I loooooooved it! Loved the setting and the time period and the cast of people. Yay yay yay.

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BethFishReads
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Listening to jazzy #Christmas music and getting organized before the day‘s activities. Happy day to those who celebrate. #coffee

Daisey Merry Christmas! 🎄 14mo
Chrissyreadit Fun! Merry Christmas! 14mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Happy Christmas! 14mo
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Simona Happy holidays to you too❣️ 14mo
Dragon Happy holidays! 💚🐉 14mo
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Samplergal
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Panpan

Just not for me. When I have to flip back and forth to keep track of characters and who is who, it‘s never a good sign. 2⭐️

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Samplergal
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Next up. Hoping it is good!

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mauveandrosysky
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Mehso-so

I liked how this novel centered women who are a product of their circumstances without making excuses for their actions. Maren keeps the perspective objective, unsentimental and without judgment, similarly to The Mars Room. That said, there was something that kept me from ever becoming fully invested in these characters. There‘s not a lot of narrative tension, and I wasn‘t always convinced by the main characters‘ choices and interactions.

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swishandflick
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Man, I love free books ❤️😆