If you have given up sugar for Lent,The Sugar Bean Sistersis the most enjoyable way around it.
The story revolves around the Mormon Nettle sisters, Faye and Willie Mae. The Nettles live a lonely life in the Floridian swamp town of Sugar Bean, though the years of relative isolation have done nothing to dampen their senses of humor. Willie Mae has a huge crush on Bishop Crumley and tries her best to be a devout sister to her Mormon community. Faye, on the other hand, is clearly the caregiver and the one in charge. She seems to be a rock — until she starts talking about Martians.
Faye and Willie Mae are in a “mood” as we meet them returning home from a day trip to Disney World. Willie Mae has lost her favorite Eva Gabor wig on one of the Disney rides and blames her sister. She broods over her complete hair loss and, therefore, her inability to find a husband. Faye is in a hurry to make final arrangements for the Martians’ inevitable arrival. She plans to go with them in their spaceship, away into space, forever and ever. Faye even prepares a welcome tray with sandwiches. But Faye worries about Willie Mae — what would happen to her if Faye weren’t there? The simplest solution is to be rid of Willie Mae. Enter Miss Videllia Sparks, a flamboyant and verbally challenged dancer from New Orleans. It is no coincidence that she arrives on this particular evening: an evening of truth-telling, spooky tales, plans thwarted or achieved.