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Salt in the Sugar Bowl

Salt in the Sugar Bowl is a novella from Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

When Sophia Sawyer walks away from her six children, she is convinced her husband, Hunter, has enough will and power to keep them all afloat. She boards a bus and doesn't look back—never considering how her absence will actually color the lives of her children. Salt in the Sugar Bowl takes a snapshot of each of Sawyer's offspring—years after Sophia's disappearance. Years have passed, but the wound of losing a mother will resurface time and time again, as they struggle to live, love, and trust as if their hearts were whole and unscarred.

Reviews: Durham Herald-Sun | Raleigh News & Observer

More praise for Salt in the Sugar Bowl:

"It's one of those rare gems that come across your vision that you don't expect to find. I gave it a shot, and I could not put it down. It was so compelling; it touched me. Everybody faces these universal situations. I want to tell everybody about this book."
- Nancy Olson, former owner of Quail Ridge Books

"Salt in the Sugar Bowl is an engaging novella that is full of tension, gripping dialogue, and a moving plot.... a memorable story, which wonderfully handles intergenerational issues, siblings' ways and abandonment." 
- Lenard D. Moore, poet and author, Temple Looming

"An appealing, absorbing tale of abandonment as it reverberates through the generations and branches of a working-class American family. Deftly Epps brings us inside one vivid, fascinating character after another. You'll care about these people; you won't want their story to end."
David Halperin, author, Journal of a UFO Investigator

"Angela is a writer with incredible talent and writes a story full of vivid characters who have true grit and heart. This story completely engaged me."
- Scott Renk, Raleigh painter and animator

Order by phone: Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 704-573-2526 (M-F, 9-5 EST)

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Short Fiction:

"In My Soul", Main Street Rag Publishing Company

"Perennials", When Women Waken

"Spring Prayers", moonShine review

"Heartless Crazy Woman", Pembroke Literary Magazine, Issue #39

"Sand Hill Girl", Essence Magazine

"Hunter's Finale", Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Volume 11

"Sophia's Goodbye", Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Volume 10


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