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Alta Magazine & Books Inc. present MESHA MAREN at Books Inc. in Alameda

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Alta Magazine and Books Inc. present debut novelist Mesha Maren, introducing her new book Sugar Run--a Southern novel turned on its head, featuring women who are as tough-or tougher-than all the men around them.  Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a break for another life.

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, 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.  Featuring a landscape as rich as the characters,  Maren beautifully renders the rugged and wild Appalachian Mountains and which brings great texture to the novel, while elevating its narrative power.

Debut novel by a remarkable new voice in literary fiction: Maren's writing has appeared in Tin House, The Oxford American, Hobart, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the recipient of numerous fellowships.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. in Alameda
1344 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501
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ISBN: 9781616206215
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 8th, 2019