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Shem Creek

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Possibly my favorite DBF - worth the read if you missed it

'Shem Creek' is undersung among Ms. Frank's novels, as one can see from the relatively fewer reviews here than for some of her other books. Yet it's possibly my favorite (her original Sullivans Island and Bulls Island are contenders as well). There's nothing to dislike ...
'Shem Creek' is undersung among Ms. Frank's novels, as one can see from the relatively fewer reviews here than for some of her other books. Yet it's possibly my favorite (her original Sullivans Island and Bulls Island are contenders as well). There's nothing to dislike about this book. I have read it several times because I just enjoy hanging out with Brad, Linda, Mimi, Louise, Duane, Lindsey, Gracie and Alex (you really wish Alex were your son by the time you finish). If the romance is expected, so what - isn't that what one wants in a book like this? What Ms. Frank portrays so well in all her novels, she handles here with especial grace and warmth: the interracial friendships among the cast and crew of Jackson Hole Restaurant are completely authentic to the South, despite all the much-vaunted press to the contrary. The Lowcountry herself is also a star player in the novel, and Ms. Frank thoughtfully presents her views on the need for development and nature to work together (also well done in Bulls Island). Old Mount Pleasant is a beautiful and picturesque town (despite being surrounded by suburban sprawl) and well deserving of this fine story. Ms. Frank throws in some love notes to Manhattan as well, and that's great, too. Even if switching back and forth between two first-person narrators is 'cheating' a little bit, it doesn't bother me in the context of this particular plot. Both Brad and Linda are admirable people who deserve a happy ending, and Mimi is real Southern lady in the true sense of the word. If you missed this one along the way, it's well worth a read - with a burger from Poe's on Sullivans Island!

posted by 1313269 on April 7, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Doesn't measure up

I did not enjoy this book as much as Sullivan's Island and Plantation. I felt the plot was a bit weak and she just rattled on too much at times with details that were boring.

posted by travelbunny on June 29, 2011

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Doesn't measure up

    I did not enjoy this book as much as Sullivan's Island and Plantation. I felt the plot was a bit weak and she just rattled on too much at times with details that were boring.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2004

    Not her best

    I have loved all of Ms. Benton Franks books, but was disappointed in Shem Creek. For some reason I just felt the writing was not as good and the story somewhat predicatable. Oh well, just my thoughts.

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