Fiction Book Club Sullivans Island by Dorothea Benton Frank Buy book: $6.80
Debuting to rave reviews from Frank's fellow authors, "Sullivan's Island" is set in the steamy landscape of South Carolina. Spunky Susan Hayes navigates a troubled childhood, marriage, and motherhood. Finally, she confronts her past by returning to the beachfront house that harbors long-held secrets and devastating betrayals.
I cannot believe this! I am reading this book right now, actually listening to it on tape, and was thinking what a great pick it would be for here. And here it is for next week! She's written several books so far all set on the coast of SC and the protagonist in this one is hilarious and wonderful. I have been laughing out loud and almost crying in parts. I hope all enjoy this and read the whole book. I'm planning on going to the library to get her other books ASAP. :)
Thanks, from a South Carolinian!
PS Suzanne, I WAS wondering how do you pick your selections for us???? Do you ever take recommendations from plain old everyday readers like me? I was going to recommend this one :) Thanks!
Reminds me of the book "Keeping Faith" - does anyone remember that one? - same bedroom scene - sure grabs you, doesn't it?
I already have this book reserved at the library - I, too, was raised in the south and went to the ocean on vacations but haven't been there for some time - and now I feel a longing for the taste and sound and smell - also the long walks on the beach with the sand beneath my feet - this book promises to give me a taste of the past -
I read this book over the summer. My mother-in-law introducted me to her books because she vacations there with her friends. This was a favorite of mine. I hope that you all find something in the main character that will bring strength to yourselves. Anyway, have fun reading and get the rest of the book when you are finished with the daily reads for the week.
I was hooked from the very first read on Monday. I got so involved in the second read that I was distraught when I came to the end of the email! I am very definitely getting this book from the library!
Just one day to go and already I'm suffering separation pangs, knowing tomorrow is the last excerpt and wondering what else can possibly happen in this very funny, yet human book. It's not high literature, but so easy to read -- and I really care about what happens to Susan. An added bonus is that I have friends living in Charleston and so can visualise the locations. This is yet another club choice that I'll have to buy. Thanks, Suzanne!
"Sullivan'sIsland" is a tremendously funny book! Iwasfortunate enough topurchase it one day and thought that it was a scream. The part where Susan walks in on her husband and his lover had me rolling with laughter. Livie is a wonderful character who adds just the right amount of spice to the mixture. I really hope all of you will have the opprtunity to finish this book. It's a winner.
This book is tremendously funny. I purchased a copy on a whim last year and have not regretted it one bit. The part where Susan walks in on her husband and his lover had me rolling with laugther. I adored LIvie. She really adds spice to the mixture. If you haven't yet read this, then I suggest that you grab a copy.
Livie was my absolute favorite. I had the fun of listening to this book on audiotape and while I didn't think the reader's southern accents were so great, the exception was hearing Livie speaking in Gullah. It was wonderful! Then I realized the audioversion I had was abridged(I HATE ABRIDGED!!) so read the book all the way through. I am now reading her second book, "Plantation" and am enjoying it very much. Great and fun reading. Happy reviews from a South Carolina Girl :)
I am excited about this online book club. It is a great way to preview new books. There are so many writers out there it is hard to find stories I like to read. This book is different than what I am accustomed to but I think I will try it. It seems to hold my interest. Again, thanks for making this available to us...
I have just about finished this book and I have really enjoyed it. This is a well written story of a family and it is told in generations. I have never read this author before but am looking into some of her other writings, (as if I don't have a big enough reading list)! I really enjoyed the South Carolina setting.