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Sugar Run

(2019)
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In 1989, Jodi McCarty is 17 years old when she's sentenced to life in prison. When she's released 18 years later, she finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom but determined to chart a better course for herself. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian Mountains, she heads south in search of someone she left behind, as a way of finally making amends. There, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother living in a motel room with her children. Together they head toward what they hope will be a fresh start. But what do you do with your past - and with a town and a family that refuses to forget, or to change?

Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren's Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a break for another life, the use and treachery of makeshift families, and how, no matter the distance we think we've traveled from the mistakes we've made, too often we find ourselves standing in precisely the place we began.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Sugar Run is a joyride--an intoxicating, headlong exploration of the hazards of freedom and the deadly consequence of desire. Maren's blistering prose will take your breath away." - C Morgan Babst

"A heady admixture of explosive plot and taut, burnished prose . . . Mesha Maren writes like a force of nature." - Lauren Groff

"Sugar Run is one of the most riveting novels I've read in years. How rare it is to find a writer who brings the reader so deeply into the physical world, letting her fully inhabit a place, a time, a character's physical being, while also propelling a plot forward with the kind of momentum not often found so perfectly wedded to such beautiful language, such languid and sensual and potent imagery . . . This is the debut of a major new voice, one who offers us a reality more vibrant than our reality, but honest, raw, and believable." - Laura Kasischke

"With Sugar Run, Mesha Maren announces herself as a wholly original voice in contemporary fiction. Full of diamond-sharp sentences and perfect pacing, the novel runs wild like a mountain flash flood." - Scott McClanahan

"Gorgeous sentences . . . Maren is a writer to watch." - Chris Offutt

"Strong and insightful . . . Maren puts stories to lives that are ordinarily overlooked, exploring damaged souls and damaged land, the need for that redemptive sense of connection to places and people. Maren writes prose that moves us ever deeper into her world without strain, but with sureness and vivid details." - Daniel Woodrell


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Hardback Editions

January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sugar Run: A Novel
Author(s): Mesha Maren
ISBN: 1-61620-621-7 / 978-1-61620-621-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sugar Run: A Novel
Author(s): Mesha Maren
ISBN: 1-61620-981-X / 978-1-61620-981-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sugar Run
Author(s): Mesha Maren
ISBN: 1-68441-640-X / 978-1-68441-640-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Co
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sugar Run: A Novel
Author(s): Mesha Maren
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Sugar Run: A Novel
Author(s): Mesha Maren
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

January 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Sugar Run: A Novel
Author(s): Mesha Maren
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon CA