Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s vibrant and compassionate debut, “Sugar Run,” is a novel of dreams and dark consequences. In 1989, Jodi McCarty is 17-years-old when she’s sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. She’s released 18 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? ”Sugar Run” is a searing and gritty debut about making a run for another life.
Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.