Sugarland I do love when myths or fairy tales are retold in a modern way. I have always loved myths and fairy tales growing up so for some reason I seem to be drawn to books with the same themes even to this day. That is probably why Sugarland was so appealing to me. Sugarland is about two sisters whose lives fall apart around the same time but is a modern retelling of the myth of Eros and Psyche which happens to be a favorite of mine. Joni Rodgers is an exceptional writer because you can actually visualize the events as you are reading them. I absolutely love when a book does that. I get bored with a book very quickly or confused even if I cannot see in my head what I think is going on. Sugarland is basically just tragically interesting and you can’t help but feel for Kit and Kiki even if you don’t agree with their choices or cannot relate to their lives. It is a really great read for a number of reasons not to mention the kindle version is only $2.99! You can’t pass that up!
Book Description: As children, Kit and Kiki Smithers performed as the Sugar Babes of Sugarland, Texas, singing at county fairs, talent shows, and any shady gig their talent agent mother, Vivica, was able to book. Now those glory days are long gone, and the sisters cope with all the usual challenges and frustrations of young mommies.
Kit is comfortably married to Mel, a gentle, salt-of-the-earth mechanic, and has begun to explore her knack for trompe l’oeil and tole painting. Kiki longs to return to the stage, daydreaming of escape from her abusive husband Wayne. She finds the strength to leave Wayne at least once a year, but has yet to stay left. Now she’s pregnant for a third time and determined to start over before the baby is born.
As Kiki’s life collapses and Kit’s life is suddenly shattered, the sisters recall an old story Vivica told them when they were little girls: a story about sisters and monsters, mothers, goddesses, and a series of seemingly impossible tasks whereby a girl, betrayed and broken, finds her way out of the underworld into the light.