by Mesha Maren
Algonquin Books. 320 pages, $26.95
JODIE McCARTY had been given a life sentence behind bars. But there she was, ready to leave after only eighteen years inside Jaxton Prison, a ticket in her hand, along with $400 borrowed from her twin brothers. Jodi McCarty was going home to West Virginia. So begins Mesha Maren’s novel, Sugar Run. Jodi is given a date to meet with her parole officer and released into the world, much to her disoriented surprise.
Terri Schlichenmeyer is a freelance writer based in Wisconsin.