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The Sugar Queen

Sarah Addison Allen, Author
Sarah Addison Allen, Author . Bantam $22 (276p) ISBN 978-0-553-80549-9
Reviewed on: 05/05/2008
Release date: 05/01/2008
Paperback - 294 pages - 978-0-553-38484-0
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Allen’s second bewitching offering (after Garden Spells ) is a candy jar of magical characters and mystical adventures set in an ordinary North Carolina town. At 27, Josey Cirrini is “plain and just this side of plump” and trying to make up for her legendary childhood temper tantrums by caring for her aging, widowed mother Margaret. Her closet features neatly stacked junk food packages and romance novels, and her life chugs along. But as the book opens, Della Lee Baker, waitress at the local greasy spoon, shows up in Josey’s closet, having propped a ladder against the house and climbed silently in overnight. She’s hiding from someone or something, and has no intention of leaving anytime soon. Instead, the very direct Della Lee sends Josey on a series and missions and misadventures that encourage our low self-esteem heroine to step outside her box and away from her snack-filled closet. As in Allen’s previous work, there’s an element of the supernatural (self-help books that literally follow one around; tears that sprout mysterious tropical flowers), and again it works. Words such as sweet , charming and delightful are weak accolades for such a pleasurable book. (June)

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