Sugar in the Blood by Andrea Stuart
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Sugar in the Blood Summary
In the late 1630s, lured by the promise of the New World, Andrea Stuart's earliest known maternal ancestor, George Ashby, set sail from England to settle in Barbados. He fell into the life of a sugar plantation owner by mere chance, but by the time he harvested his first crop, a revolution was fully under way: the farming of sugar cane, and the swiftly increasing demands for sugar worldwide, would not only lift George Ashby from abject poverty and shape the lives of his descendants, but it would also bind together ambitious white entrepreneurs and enslaved black workers in a strangling embrace. Stuart uses her own family story - from the seventeenth century through the present - as the pivot for this epic tale of migration, settlement, survival, slavery and the making of the Americas.
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"Starred Review. Stuart powerfully concludes that the legacy of sugar boom and the slave trade in the Caribbean are not so easily forgotten, for sugar 'has shaped our economies and national identities.'" - Publishers Weekly
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Andrea Stuart was born and raised in the Caribbean. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and French at the Sorbonne. Her book The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine was published in the United States in 2004, has been translated into three languages and won the Enid McLeod Literary Prize. Stuart's work has been published in numerous anthologies, newspapers and magazines, and she regularly reviews books for The Independent. She has also worked as a TV producer.
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