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Published in: March-April 2019 issue.


Sugar Run
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.

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Terri Schlichenmeyer is a freelance writer based in Wisconsin.