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THE SUGAR QUEEN
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
In Allen's sophomore work, she demonstrates what made her first novel so successful. Her writing is concise yet compelling, her characters multidimensional and authentic, and her pacing precise. This is a book you'll stay up all night to finish; definitely a keeper!
Josey Cirrini should have a charmed life. Born to a wealthy father and a Southern lady, she seems to have it all. But she keeps a stash of Malloroos, Little Debbie cakes and chocolate bars in a secret panel behind her closet, hides behind her favorite sweater and spends her days caring for her tyrant of a mother.
One night, waitress Della Lee Baker shows up soaking wet, shoeless and battered in Josey's secret hiding place. Hiding Della Lee forces Josey to examine other mysteries -- her father's infidelities, her secret affection for the mailman and her growing friendship with Chloe Findley. Della Lee becomes a fairy godmother to Josey -- and helps her solve the biggest riddle of all. (Bantam, Jun., 276 pp., $22.00)
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: June 2008