All the Single Ladies: A Novel

All the Single Ladies: A Novel

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by Dorothea Benton Frank

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In this fast-paced and evocative novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank again takes us deep into the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where three unsuspecting women are brought together by tragedy and mystery

Lisa St. Clair knows a thing or two about weathering storms. A dedicated nurse with a healthy sense of humor, she single


In this fast-paced and evocative novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank again takes us deep into the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where three unsuspecting women are brought together by tragedy and mystery

Lisa St. Clair knows a thing or two about weathering storms. A dedicated nurse with a healthy sense of humor, she single-handedly raised her truculent daughter, Marianne, after her ex walked out on them twenty-four years ago, sending them a lottery ticket once a year as support. One day he reappeared and lured their daughter into a dubious but lucrative venture in Colorado. Now mother and daughter aren’t speaking.

So when Kathy Harper, Lisa’s favorite patient, loses her battle with cancer, Lisa finds herself drawing closer to Carrie and Suzanne, the devoted friends who were always by Kathy’s side. As these three women’s lives inevitably connect, they share their concerns about men, getting older, and the horrors of maintaining financial stability. Suzanne’s ninety-nine-year-old grandmother, a former chanteuse, offers unexpected perspectives on the mores of the day. Carrie’s greedy ex-stepchildren are a chorus of cackling crows. And Lisa’s mother just can’t help herself as she henpecks her to distraction.

Somehow their conversations always return to the enigma of Kathy. Who was she? What did her short life mean?

As Lisa, Carrie, and Suzanne power walk the beaches of the Isle of Palms, they gradually uncover the truth of Kathy’s life and unfurl plans to secure their own futures, as fate steps in to help them discover that being single doesn’t have to mean being alone.

Editorial Reviews

Liane Moriarty
“All the Single Ladies is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank —a funny, poignant read.”
Library Journal
In the Carolina Low-country, Frank's favorite setting, three women debate the big questions after the death of a friend. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

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New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She resides in the New York area with her husband.

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New Jersey and Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
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Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

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All the Single Ladies 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
until now. So far I'm almost two thirds through this newest Benton Frank novel. I waited patiently for it and have to be honest and say that unless a whole lot happens fast in the last third of the book I will be seriously disappointed. I've read everything Ms. Benton Frank has written, so I know how good she is. We'll see on this one. So far.......not so good.
IrishIL More than 1 year ago
As usual Dorothea Benton Frank has out-done herself in her writings. This book is about three women in all walks of life. There lives come together when a good friend of theirs dies. They share their sadness, their love and above all else their friendship. Just read the book, I promise you won't be disappointed.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
One of the great things about summer is that I get to spend some time in South Carolina's Lowcountry when Dorothea Benton Frank's latest novel publishes. This year's terrific novel All The Single Ladies shows Frank in fine form with wonderful characters in a great story, topped off with Frank's signature one-liners that crack me up. Lisa St. Clair is a divorced nurse, struggling to make do with a part-time job working at an adult home, sad that her 18-year-old daughter has moved to Colorado, where her estranged father has help set her up in her own legal marijuana tourist company. Lisa has become close to Kathy, fifty-year-old patient who is dying of cancer, as well as the woman's two best friends, Carrie and Suzanne, who hold a constant vigil at her bedside. When Kathy passes away, Lisa, Carrie and Suzanne join forces to clean out Kathy's apartment, and they become closer. What I liked about this book was that these are women of a certain age, who haven't been lucky in love up to this point, but they don't close themselves off to the possibilities in front of them. They support each other, and when Lisa loses her apartment, Suzanne offers her a room in her grandmother's home near the beach. Suzanne grandmother Miss Trudie is an unforgettable character, the kind of grandma we'd all wish to have. She's 99 years-old, sassy, and full of life and advice. I fell in love with Miss Trudie. Carrie is a thrice-widowed woman, and she is always on the lookout for husband number four. Suzanne owns her floral shop, but she doesn't have time or the inclination to look for a husband. Taking care of Miss Trudie and trying to keep her shop open takes all of her time. Lisa not only has to deal with her strained relationship with her daughter, but her phone conversations with her parents are hilarious. I can almost see her banging her head against the wall as she tries to get through a call with them. The friendship these women develop is heartwarming, they support and encourage each other in their individual endeavors. And the men that come into their lives are not stereotypical clueless guys, they feel like real men, trying to do their best for the women they care about. One of the men even gives a great piece of advice; he tells Lisa that children don't do things to hurt their parents, they don't even consider that their actions have anything to do with their parents. Smart man. One of the best things about reading Frank's novels is that I can add so many great restaurants to my Charleston Pinterest board. Frank helped me add close to a dozen more, and the Chamber of Commerce of Charleston should send her a big bouquet of flowers because no one encourages more people to visit (and maybe even retire) to that beautiful area. Grab a beach chair, your best girlfriends, a couple of bottles of Pinot Grigio, and a few copies of All The Single Ladies and make a day of it. Then go to dinner and plan your girls' vacation to Charleston.
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BettyTaylor 9 months ago
This is the first book I have read by Dorothea Benton Frank. I enjoyed her writing style – very realistic dialogue, good descriptions. I can’t say I particularly enjoyed the story though. It was very predictable. Just a tad of a mystery but not enough to categorize this book as mystery. It is a story of strong female friendships, which I did enjoy. I loved Miss Trudie, Suzanne’s grandmother. The description of Southern life was humorous and delightful. Carrie was probably my least favorite of the protagonists as she was openly looking for a “meal ticket”. Good beach read as it is very light. No thinking required. Advance copy received from GoodReads’ FirstReads for an honest review
Anonymous 11 months ago
Like another reader stated, I kept waiting for something to kick in. I'm pushing 50 and this felt like it was aimed at a far older audience. I've read most of DBF'S books and have enjoyed them. This was bogged down in unnecessary details. I kept thinking something was coming that would make these details make sense. Was this written by a ghostwriter? Felt like someone just recycled some frequently used low country details without true knowledge. Extremely disappointed.
Honolulubelle 12 months ago
Favorite Quotes: “I had a terrible thought. What if one of my parents died and the surviving one wanted to live with me? Oh! God! No! I sort of said a blasphemous prayer, petitioning the Lord for my mother to go first because I could tolerate my father's company without every moment feeling like I was having a deep scaling in the dentist's chair." "John's only been dead for ten minutes! And you sound like Amanda from The Glass Menagerie waiting on a gentleman caller." "He was grinning from ear to ear like big cats do when they've got the little mouse cornered. He was going to taunt me and run me around before he ate my soul." "... remembering the days when checkout personnel would ask to see some ID to prove I was old enough to buy booze. Now they wanted to give me the senior discount at the Bi-Lo. Maybe I needed a better moisturizer and a neck cream." "He was a living heart donor. A great doctor, mind you, but freezing cold." "If you want to find out which of your relatives are crazy, have a funeral." My Review: All The Single Ladies brought me an entertaining and amusing read with an interesting and varied grouping of three tenacious middle-aged ladies who have easily established a pleasant new friendship and find themselves living together during a trying summer of upheaval. Despite their personal difficulties and disappointments, they combine their efforts in solving a vexing mystery while also evolving into a shared supportive bond and better than family relationships. I adored the amusing observations and insightful narrative of the book, which appeared part conspiratorial and sardonically humorous confessions and part inner musings. The writing contained many nostalgia-inducing Southern maxims often used by my father, and was thoroughly and lovingly detailed with lush descriptions of each scene and meal, I could practically smell the bacon and taste the Krispy Kremes. I reveled in the slower pace of the story and the compassion and kindness the women shared while I also found myself feeling more than a bit envious of their camaraderie. I frequently smirked at her amusing accounts of the antics occurring between the residents at the senior living center, finally - someone has given me something to look forward to during the aging process.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank Have read other works by this author and know I won't be disappointed. What a great read! Story of Lisa and other nurses who work at the nursing facility. Love the ideas of outfitting one seniors house with bars, proper footwear etc. So many upheavals just when things are going good... tragedy brings the women together to form a stronger bond. Deaths of old people still leave those remaining heartbroken, as in this book. Fast paced and will keep your interest til the end. Surprises all along the way. Love learning new things from food to antiques. I received this book from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun and entertaining read. Should have added some recipes-those tomato pies and shrimp sounded yummy.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
I adored Frank's novel, The Last Original Wife, but this latest novel dragged. The format of all these slightly older single ladies exploring life could be interesting, but after the many humorous passages in the last novel, I had to force myself to finish the book. None of the characters stand out as remarkable. Maybe, I was not in the right frame of mind for this book. I would glimpse a spark of hope, but the fire quickly died. Every person is allowed a bad day, and this novel appears as one of those days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is a great summer read.
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Three women end up single and living in Charleston, SC through different circumstances. They each need the others to help provide stability and a unit to get through the highs and lows in life. With three main characters that are potentially in their silver years, I didn't completely connect with them and this was probably the main reason why this book just didn't do it for me. I am a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank and will continue to read her books, but may pay a little closer attention to the synopsis next time! If you are a reader who may be older than me or enjoy characters who are, then this could be right up your alley.
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My favorite author!!! 
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Not sure who her targeted audience was but it failed with this over 50 . Usually enjoy the lowcountry setting and her characters but this failed on all counts. The stolen items mystery was never fully explored and neither were any of the relationships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished this latest Dorothea Benton Frank novel which I'd eagerly anticipated. Though I've read & enjoyed several of her previous books, and really enjoy her writing style & "voice", this book was a big let-down.  Not only did I find it boring, the whole storyline involving Kathy was such a waste of time, and really didn't impact any of the other characters' stories, other than initially bringing them together.  And the concluding event was so far-fetched it seemed to be thrown in at the last minute for shock value.  A real disappointment for Ms. Frank's fans & readers.