The Girls of August

The Girls of August

by Anne Rivers Siddons

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Anne Rivers Siddons's New York Times bestselling novel about four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer.

For fifteen years, four "girls of August" would gather together to spend a week at the beach, until tragedy interrupts their ritual. Now they reunite for a startling week of discoveries.

The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt.

Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women uncover secrets that will change them in ways they never expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446565844
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 66,527
File size: 391 KB

About the Author

THE GIRLS OF AUGUST is Anne Rivers Siddons's 19th novel. Her previous bestselling novels include Burnt Mountain, Off Season, Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King's Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox's Earth, The House Next Door, and Heartbreak Hotel. She is also the author of a work of nonfiction, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their home in Charleston, SC and Brooklin, ME. For more information, visit


Charleston, South Carolina and a summer home in Maine overlooking Penobscot Bay

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1936

Place of Birth:

Atlanta, Georgia


B.A., Auburn University, 1958; Atlanta School of Art, 1958

What People are Saying About This

Pat Conroy

Anne Rivers Siddons's body of work is one of the most impressive in contemporary fiction. And, in her beautifully crafted and dazzling new novel OFF SEASON, Ms. Siddons delivers the goods more powerfully than ever. All her books are terrific, but this one is the best yet.

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The Girls of August 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually, I want my money back! This was formula, trite, and felt like little or no effort was put into it. Seriously, what do I do to get a refund. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was more like a charming short story. Characters were were trite and not developed. Not up to her usual standards.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited about this new book, but after the first chapter, I thought this was a joke! I wonder if Anne Rivers Siddons is ill, and perhaps had someone else ghostwrite this? The writing is poor, the story is formulaic, and the characters have about as much dimension as a piece of cardboard!
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
This is a novel about women. How women interact and react. This is a novel about loss, about family and about friends. I enjoyed many parts of this story. The characters are very strong and suit each other well. The strong feelings each one experience due to issues in their lives really keep you enthralled. I love the setting of the remote island and the Gullah people. I wish the author had offered more details about the island. I would’ve loved to hear more about the wildlife and the surroundings. This is a very enjoyable read. I received this novel for an honest review from Netgalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reads more like a bad short story; superficial stereotypical characters, very weak plot and no resolution at the end. I have read all of Ms. Siddon's previous books and loved them. No love for this one. I feel cheated having paid for this.
deacon1 More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment!! Do not waste your money on this . I give it 0 stars
AHHP More than 1 year ago
Not up to her usual wonderful writing.  Predictable plot. Very disappointed 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the book, but wanted to read more. It was like the author wanted to end the story so stopped writing. The characters needed more development & the story ended too soon. Is part 2 coming next? It coukd be The Girls of September.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatly disappointing! Longtime Siddons fan- read all her work, and greatly anticipated for years her next new publication, and this was sadly disappointing. 160 pgs not worthy of a short story. Sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I should have known this was going to be a stinker when they pushed the publication date back. A true waste of time and money ....and Iam a fan. Releasing this was a disservice to her readers. No stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was just a long story. The story lines were not finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of time . Pure drivel .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously, the fact that they supposedly brought enough fresh food to last 4 women 2 weeks bothered me through the whole, contrived, pointless book. I mean they are on an island that is largely uninhabited, but somehow there are strawberries, cream, shrimp, and everything they need for a fish fry once they catch fish. Also, they take out the garbage, WHERE? If i had wanted to read a fantasy i would have! And we are spposed to believe that Rachel kept metastatic cancer from her oncologist husband? He never noticed when she had biopsies? She also must be a pretty crappy nurse. And magically maddy gets pregnant after trying for what 20 years? And why a dr wouldnt want to go to a damn fertility clinic is beyond me. This must have somehow slipped past her editor or maybe she had writers block and someone else wrote it? I dunno, it is baffling to me how it was ever publlshed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though well-written, there is no real plotline here. It is just a lot of writing that doesn't really say much if anything. Seriously boring. There is no ckimax or resolution. It is all just so flat. In a word, this is pitiful, certainly not up to the standards of Siddons. This is actually less than I would exoect from even a mediocre author. Stephanie Clanahan
lnsmall More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book. It started off with potential, but then it just ended. There was no real plot and no resolution for any of the characters.
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
The Girls of August takes place off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina where three middle-aged women have a reunion. They are all doctors’ wives and have not met since their fourth friend, also a Girl of August, died tragically. They are coming together to meet the widower’s new young bride who calls herself Baby. The old friends, Maddy, Barbara and Rachel, give their new hostess a very hard time though they are staying in her family mansion on an island where some Gullah people live. A series of mishaps take place and they accuse Baby of sabotaging their weeklong vacation. As it turns out, she is innocent yet each of them is harboring personal challenges, such an upcoming divorce, a diagnosis of cancer and an unexpected pregnancy. This was a page-turner, but the ending was shocking and unexpected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Quick read was over before I was ready for it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So excited to see something new from Anne, very disappointed tho and had similar thoughts as other readers, who really wrote this book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Rivers Siddons is the master of great stories involving women in the Atlantic coastal south. This one was no exception, and it was particularly poignant for women "of a certain age". I only wish she would write more books!
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed this book, and I am sad that it's over. Another wonderful story by Anne Rivers Siddons. I felt like I knew the characters, to the point that I became emotionally invested in what happened to them. It's so refreshing to read high-qualilty writing that is not predictable. I am already eager for Siddons' next book. How about a sequel?!
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Ilovemister More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I don't know what else to say except to read it. It was very entertaining. Great Read.
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