Sugar Run by Mesha Maren

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren

F58ECBB9-BC4D-4C90-90A3-EE7FBBA3490CThank you to Algonquin Books for sending me a free copy of Sugar Run by Mesha Maren. All opinions are my own.


In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison. When she’s released eighteen 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.

My Review:
Sugar Run is a very beautifuly written story about troubled people and the choices they make and how those choices can effect their lives. If you like lyrical writing styles then you just might find a new favorite author in Maren.
I felt like this book’s focus was more on the characters than a plotted out story. I tend to prefer plot driven novels and this book’s plot was a tad on the loose side for my preference. But it did slowly progress and the characters are well developed.
Overall, I did enjoy the story and found it to be very insightful. Many of the characters are down on their luck, and while depressing at times, I was pushed to think about the lives that other people lead and the choices that got them there. And any book that makes me think outside of my normal comfort zone is a good book indeed. I rate this one 3/5 stars.