Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island

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by Dorothea Benton Frank
     
 

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With characteristic humor and a full cast of eccentric and wonderfully lovable characters, Dorothea Benton Frank delivers a refreshingly honest and funny novel about an artist who suddenly enters the complacent lives of several Lowcountry locals - and turns them upside down. It's a twist-filled tale of friendship, family, and finding happiness by becoming who you

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With characteristic humor and a full cast of eccentric and wonderfully lovable characters, Dorothea Benton Frank delivers a refreshingly honest and funny novel about an artist who suddenly enters the complacent lives of several Lowcountry locals - and turns them upside down. It's a twist-filled tale of friendship, family, and finding happiness by becoming who you are meant to be.

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Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Frank's fifth Lowcountry Tale is a lively story about friendship and family, Southern-style. On the small South Carolina barrier island that gives the book its title, semiretired attorney Abigail Thurmond spends most of her days playing golf and gossiping with her best friend, the portly, lovably aristocratic Huey Valentine. But their comfortable lives of leisure are turned upside-down with the arrival of one diminutive Rebecca Sims. Becca's obvious artistic talent and poise make it easy for Huey to show her art and hire her to manage his art gallery, but when his 86-year-old mother unearths Becca's tragic past, Huey can't help sticking his aquiline nose in her business. Once an attentive wife and loving mother of two in Charleston, Becca became the victim of her abusive husband, who turned her children against her and then filed for divorce. Abigail and Huey must help their new friend, of course, and as they draw closer to one another through Becca's tribulations, Abigail is finally able to examine the ghosts that have haunted her for years, and Huey gets to reveal a (pretty unsurprising) secret of his own. Frank's absorbing narrative manages to feel both authentically Southern and universally empathetic. Agent, Amy Berkower. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"[A] funny-to-the-bone Southern novel...Incredibly entertaining." - State (Columbia, SC)

"Pawleys Island is imbued with a vivid sense of place that is so appealing that readers may want to pack up the book and head to the Carolina coast." - Boston Globe

"A great summer read as could only be written by a Southern belle." - Sunday Oklahoman

"Fans of the author Dorothea Benton Frank will love [this] novel...The book is humorous, the customs are generations old, the characters are the ones the reader wants to be around, and the locale fits them perfectly." - Charlotte Observer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425204313
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/02/2006
Series:
Lowcountry Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
94,617
Product dimensions:
4.37(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“[A] funny-to-the-bone Southern novel…Incredibly entertaining.”—The State (Columbia, SC)

“Pawleys Island is imbued with a vivid sense of place that is so appealing that readers may want to pack up the book and head to the Carolina coast.”—The Boston Globe

“A great summer read as could only be written by a Southern belle.”—The Sunday Oklahoman

“An endearing look at hope and friendship...Take it to the beach.”—The Tennessean

“Fans of author Dorothea Benton Frank will love [this] novel…The book is humorous, the customs are generations old, the characters are ones the reader wants to be around, and the locale fits them perfectly.”—The Charlotte Observer

“Frank’s absorbing narrative manages to feel both authentically Southern and universally empathetic.”—Publishers Weekly

“Shifting first-person narratives invite you into this charming southern isle that, behind its decorum, is the kind of place that you don’t go unless you want your life shaken and stirred…Compulsively readable…Will appeal to fans of both Fannie Flagg and Larry McMurtry’s Terms of Endearment. A true southern comfort.”—Booklist

“Frank weaves history and legends of ghosts into her narrative as she depicts the charms of her coastal setting. Delivered in a conversational style and told from several points of view, Frank’s lyrical prose is reminiscent of fellow Southern writers Pat Conroy and Anne Rivers Siddons. Her characters are vibrant and captivating [and] the story is told with humor.”—The Tennessean

“Her Lowcountry Tales share a winning pop-fiction recipe: Mixing comedy, romance and quaint local color in a flavor that’s saucier, and just a tad saltier, than Jan Karon’s Mitford series…Fans won't be disappointed.”—Star News

“Pawleys Island is imbued with a vivid sense of place that is so appealing that readers may want to pack up the book and head to the Carolina coast…A leisurely novel peopled by likeable characters, as well as one over-the-top villain. It's perfect beach reading.”—The Boston Globe

“Pawleys Island provides wisdom, comedy, mystery, romance. But I swear this is more than a beach book. It is incredibly entertaining while not neglecting its lessons on friendship and personal struggles …Her love for the Lowcountry offers a true representation of life along the coast.”—The State (Columbia, SC)

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