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Sugar and Slate

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Sugar and Slate
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Planet Books
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Nikki
Sep 24, 2011 Nikki rated it it was ok
I found Sugar and Slate interesting because of the exploration of identity -- I've read books involving the intersection between Welsh and English before, but not intersections involving people from further afield: in this case, a father from Guyana.

On the other hand, I found it hard to keep hold of anything in the narrative. It isn't a story, as such, but a memoir, and because it's made up of memories, it flits from place to place and thought to thought. I'm too flighty myself at the moment to
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Benjamin
May 18, 2017 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wales-fiction
Charlotte Williams' autobiography is tale of the complexity of cultural loyalties as well as mixed-raced identity. Hailing from both north Welsh and Afro-Guyanese heritage, Williams' social allegiance is from the get-go more complex than just 'Welsh' or 'Guyanese'.

Williams uses both prose and poetry well to tell her story. I can't remember the last time a non-fiction piece of creative writing has gripped me like Sugar and Slate has. The writing and its sense of place form both humourous anecdot
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Nina Chachu
Jun 21, 2007 Nina Chachu rated it liked it
somewhat different take on identity - from someone of Guyanese and Welsh extraction, who also spent several years as a child in Nigeria and Sudan
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