The Sugar House is a gripping historical fiction novel that will transport you back to the Detroit of the 1920’s – a world of Speakeasies, Gangsters, Auto Barons, Flappers, Lawlessness and Innovation. Thousands of hours of research were pooled into making this page turning read about America’s Motor City.
The Sugar House Page Excerpt:
Model T’s, Liquor, Family, Tommy Guns, Rum Running and Pierogies. Joe, a young boy growing up in Detroit, navigates between his family’s strong Polish traditions and the electric atmosphere of America’s fastest growing city until a sudden illness and heart wrenching death force him to grow up much too soon.
He finds work with an ambitious group of Jewish immigrants known as the Sugar House Gang. To support his family Joe runs liquor up the river with Cappie, the man who will become his mentor, friend and ultimately, family.
Together they race through the “Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties” in fast boats and faster cars, trying to avoid the law and rival gangsters while striving to satisfy the murderous leaders of what is to become the infamous Purple Gang.
Jean Scheffler Biography:
The Sugar House is Jean Scheffler’s literary debut. She grew up “South of Detroit” & as a child she would sit on her Grandfathers lap at his summer cottage and intently listen to stories of his childhood adventures in early industrial Detroit. As he rocked her in front of the roaring fire, her love for Detroit’s history and its exciting past took root.
She is a mother of three beautiful children and enjoys reading, volunteering in her community and spending time with friends and family.
Loosely based on events from her Grandfather’s life she hopes to inspire young and mature readers alike to develop a love of the for the city their ancestors helped to build.