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Don’t Want No Sugar
by J.D. Mason

Category: Fiction / General
320 pages; ISBN: 0312301588

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Don’t Want No Sugar
J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s, Oct 2004, $19.95, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0312301588

In 1931, the charred corpse of womanizing but married Bobby Lewis was found in the bed of his latest lover Eula May Adams. Everyone assumes she set the fire but he was probably dead before the inferno. Later they find her corpse with a bullet in the heart of Eula May, whose obsession for Bobby led to suicide. Her daughter Roberta is raised in an unloving home and never given help or some solace to cope with the two deaths.

Eight years later, Roberta meets womanizing Charles Harris and like a chip off the old block, obsesses over her wanting him. They make love in an old barn and when she becomes pregnant, he has no choice but to marry her. Charles loathes his life change as he wants his freedom back while his wife thinks she has everything with him as her spouse and now two children. As time goes by, adding to Charles’ chagrin is that he is falling in love with Sara Tate. Will Roberta, once she learns of his unfaithful behavior and his innermost desires, follow her mother’s dark path of destruction leaving her children to emulate the generational patterns of love and death.

This deep dark relational triangle occurs over several decades (beyond the paragraphs above) with pivotal events impacting innocent lives. The story line grips the audience from the moment that Eula May is found dead as readers will see the effect of her suicide on her daughter and her grandchildren. The cast especially those triangulated in life seem so genuine that fans of powerful character studies will read DON’T WANT NO SUGAR in one thrilling sitting.

Harriet Klausner


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