Sugar Money by Jane Harris
A Novel

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Pointing this out may be unfair to a writer who has worked so hard – but such risks arise, when one is ambitious and steps into this particular fray.
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Set in 1765 on the Caribbean islands of Grenada and Martinique, Sugar Money opens as two enslaved brothers - Emile and Lucien - are sent on an impossible mission forced upon them by their masters, a band of mendicant French monks.

The monks run hospitals in the islands and fund their ventures through farming cane sugar and distilling rum. Seven years earlier - after a series of scandals - they were ousted from Grenada by the French authorities, and had to leave their slaves behind. Despite the fact that Grenada is now under British rule, and effectively enemy territory, the monks devise an absurdly ambitious plan: they send Emile and Lucien to the island to convince the monks’ former slaves to flee British brutality and escape with them.

Based on a historical rebellion, award-winning writer Jane Harris peoples her daring novel with unforgettable characters. Recounted by Lucien, the younger brother, this story of courage, disaster, and love, is a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit under the crush of unspeakable cruelty.

 

About Jane Harris

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Jane Harris (born 1961) is a Scotland born British writer of fiction and screenplays. Her latest novel, Gillespie and I, was published to critical acclaim in the UK in May 2011 by Faber and Faber. Her first novel The Observations was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2007 and has been published in over 20 territories worldwide. In France, The Observations was shortlisted for the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger (2009), and in the USA it won the Book of the Month Club's First Fiction Prize (2007). The Observations chosen as one of the 100 Books of the Decade. Jane currently lives in East London.
 
Published March 6, 2018 by Arcade Publishing.
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Leone Ross on Oct 11 2017

Pointing this out may be unfair to a writer who has worked so hard – but such risks arise, when one is ambitious and steps into this particular fray.

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Good
Reviewed by Suzi Feay on Nov 17 2017

Spoiler-averse readers will want to avoid learning of Harris’s own afterword, which explains the actual outcome of the expedition. The story has all the excitement of Robert Louis Stevenson, but with an immersive focus on the black experience.

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