Sugar, Baby

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$27.99  $26.03
Bloomsbury Publishing
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6.38 X 9.5 X 0.94 inches | 1.22 pounds

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About the Author
Celine Saintclare is a UK-based writer of Caribbean and English descent, born in 1996. She has a degree in Social Anthropology. Sugar, Baby is her first novel.

"Sugar, Babydepicts the glittering world of the young women who make a kind of living by showing up at clubs and restaurants to burnish their associations with youth and beauty. Are these women being taken advantage of--or are they on the ride of their lives? This personable novel . . . doesn't come down on one side of the equation. Instead, it shows the grit alongside the glamor, and crafts a very believable story that feels like a document of the moment, when image is a valuable and fleeting currency."- Vogue

"Saintclare uses the aesthetics of key bumps and designer handbags to poke at class, sex, labor and power." -

"To describe Sugar, Baby as a book ahead of its time feels almost unfairly reductive, considering how smart and thought-provoking a narrative Saintclare has crafted . . . Touching on topics ranging from sex work to race and privilege, Sugar, Baby is entrancing from start to finish." - Shondaland

"An elegant coming-of-age tale . . . Saintclare's language is easy to soak in, even as her nuanced touch pokes and prods and asks--no, demands--real consideration of the reader." - Elle

"This is a steamy and spellbinding story that will leave you hot under the collar, but also provide a sense of hopefulness regarding our own autonomy over this world . . . Sexiness sells, but the author's sensitive portrayal of sexuality is what makes this book stand out." - Debutiful

"An enticing debut novel . . . Saintclare presents an intimate look into the lives of sex workers--those who are in it for the thrill and those who are in it to survive. Saintclare's risqué narrative exposes the thin line between a woman using her body as a commodity and losing control of it." - Shelf Awareness

"This is a propulsive read that tackles myriad attitudes toward sex work, from condemnation to celebration, through a distinctly feminist lens. Accompanying the partying with perceptive social commentary, Saintclare refuses to romanticize the gritty details of sugaring--inviting the reader into a whirlwind of champagne, sex, and money that is at times claustrophobic, scary, and toxic. Saintclare modernizes outdated sex-work narratives, honoring the bonds formed between women instead." - Kirkus Reviews

"Hot Mess Heroine is one of my favorite sub-genres, and this debut promises all the deliciously trifling and raggedy antics that protagonists in books like The Guest, Luster, and Queenie deliver." - Book Riot

"Saintclare debuts with a provocative tale of a 21-year-old cleaner drawn into sex work ... This powerful story makes [her] one to watch." - Publishers Weekly

"Engrossing and electric, Saintclare's debut finds firm footing as a coming-of-age novel while also providing a nuanced look at sex work . . . Saintclare's complex portrait of a young woman and of sex work makes for compelling reading." - Booklist

"[A] sultry and humorous debut novel . . . Saintclare's mastery of creating a memorable and complicated character with Agnes Green makes her . . . both entertaining and touching." - The Masters Review

"Celine Saintclare's captivating debut, Sugar, Baby, is, on its surface, about the limitless power of beauty, but underneath that narrative lurks a second, darker one, in which Saintclare shows us in heartbreaking detail that there are indeed limits to what that power can buy. Sugar, Baby is an elegantly crafted bait-and-switch, where a story about the ease and glamour of sex work cracks open to reveal a deeper and more delicious secret: that the true sweetness of life lies not in the comfort of being kept, but in the autonomy we are able to maintain for ourselves. And the beauty of that kind of living--hand-made and hard-won--is priceless." - Destiny O. Birdsong, author of NOBODY'S MAGIC

"A witty, propulsive and intimate examination of sexual commerce, the painful pleasures of self-objectification, and the liberatory power of art-making featuring a tenderhearted heroine I never stopped caring about. Sugar, Baby is everything." - Chantal V. Johnson, author of POST-TRAUMATIC

"Sugar, Baby is a daring novel that explores the commodification of desire and the body and the trappings of respectability politics in a world that profits off our shame. With Agnes, Saintclare has created an unforgettable narrator who is full of bravery, vulnerability, and heart." - Claire Jimenez, author of WHAT HAPPENED TO RUTHY RAMIREZ

"Saintclare's writing sizzles--she has a knack for the sensual, making even the mundane feel like a revelation. I was absolutely sucked into Agnes' world, she took me by the hand and didn't let me go until the final pages, wondering what becomes of all the characters we come to know and love." - Tembe Denton-Hurst, author of HOMEBODIES

"Incredibly glamorous, incredibly dark and incredibly hopeful all at once, Sugar, Baby is a brilliantly compulsive exploration of class, power, sexuality, and our hyper-fixation with youth and beauty. I loved it!" - Katie Bishop, author of THE GIRLS OF SUMMER