Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.
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"Narrator Miriam Hyman presents the story of Charley Bordelon, a recently widowed mother who pulls up stakes in L.A. to return to her family roots in Louisiana. Her recently deceased father has left her an eight-hundred-acre fallow sugarcane plantation that she must bring back to life if she and her daughter are have a future. Through tone and pacing, Hyman brings the characters to lifeNfrom the strong-willed Charley, who will do whatever it takes to have a successful harvest, to her equally strong-willed grandmother, who puts responsibility to family above all, and her bitter half-brother, whose attitude of victimhood almost destroys them all. The storyOs pace is slow, but the patient listener hears a slice of a little known culture. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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