It’s 1923 and 19-year-old Dara falls in love with her best friend, who happens to be a girl. To avoid a bleak, terrifying future in their small town, Dara takes a job in the kitchen at Imperial State Prison Farm for men. There she meets real life blues singer Lead Belly, who sings his way to a pardon from the Governor (true story)—but only after he makes her promise to follow his lead.
Outside the prison, Dara’s life falls apart and she finds herself on a journey to accept the secret she’s been carrying. Along the way she reunites with her estranged step-daughters, buys a mobile home that she dubs the “Bland Old Opry,” and—to the chagrin of some in her small Texas town—falls in love with the local seamstress, a fellow widower and devotee of Bingo, Mrs. Tanya May Rogerton.
SUGAR LAND is the triumphant, southern story of a wise and feisty woman, Nana Dara, who breaks out of her own physical and emotional prison to become the fabulous matriarch to a family of Texas misfits. Read the full reviews here.