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Queen Sugar: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Natalie Baszile

Narrated By: Miriam Hyman

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: February 2014

Duration: 13 hours 42 minutes


A mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana

Why exactly Charley Bordelon’s late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles.

They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that’s mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.

Penguin has a rich tradition of publishing strong Southern debut fiction—from Sue Monk Kidd to Kathryn Stockett to Beth Hoffman. In Queen Sugar, we now have a debut from the African American point of view. Stirring in its storytelling of one woman against the odds and initimate in its exploration of the complexities of contemporary southern life, Queen Sugar is an unforgettable tale of endurance and hope.


  • Nadia R.

    Loved this book. Really would love to see a movie made from this book, exactly as it was written.

  • Joseph G

    great book, honestly better than the TV show. I highly recommend it if you have watched the TV show on Oprahs's network.

  • T G

    This was a good book. The narrator was amazing and made the book so enjoyable.

  • Alicia Allen

    Amazing book and narrarator! I can't wait to see the television series!

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