Image of Still Candy Shopping


Image of Still Candy Shopping

This is a twofer about the world of drugs and prostitution, so don’t look for happily ever after here. In Swinson’s story, Faith is a dope fiend whose bad decisions have kept her in a world of pain, and Ben’s dismal home life has him looking for ways to feed himself in McCall’s tale. When hope is gone, their lives descend into free fall. Both of these stories give us a terrifying peek into a life we’d never want to visit outside of the book.

After two years on the street, Faith Simmons goes to rehab to kick her heroin addiction in “Candy Shop 2.” She fantasizes that when she gets that monkey off her back, she’ll get her husband, her daughter and her career back on track. When she finds out that her husband has remarried, she goes into a downward spiral of prostitution and heroin. In “A Sucker for Candy,” Ben Earley has to take care of himself and his baby brother at a young age because his parents aren’t handling their business correctly. He gets caught up in the drug game, which brings serious consequences for his family. (DAFINA, Feb., 368 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Leslie Frohberg