Set in rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s novel, Sugar Run (Algonquin) begins as Jodi, released from prison after serving 18 years of a life sentence for manslaughter, meets and falls in love with a troubled young mother. Together they head toward what they hope will be a fresh start.
“Sugar Run is a shining debut. This is a book that loves its wounded characters and troubled places, and in so deeply loving, it finds a terrible truth and beauty where other writers wouldn’t have found the courage to look.”-Lauren Groth.
Misha Maron is the recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, and a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant. She is currently a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at the Beckley Federal Correctional Institution.