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Wonderfully atmospheric, infused with humor and poignancy, rich with the lyrical cadence of the South, and filled with lively characters, "Lowcountry Summer"--the long-awaited sequel to "Plantation"--is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank, a deeply compelling and touching novel her fans are sure to savor.
- ISBN-13: 9780061961175
- ISBN-10: 0061961175
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company
- Publish Date: June 2010
- Page Count: 352
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 85.
- Review Date: 2010-04-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Here’s one for the Southern gals as well as Yankees who appreciate Frank’s signature mix of sass, sex, and gargantuan personalities. In this long-time-coming sequel to Plantation, opinionated and family-centric Caroline Wimbly Levine has just turned 47, but she’s less concerned with advancing middle age than she is with son Eric shacking up with an older single mom. She’s also dealing with a drunk and disorderly sister-in-law, Frances Mae; four nieces from hell; grieving brother Tripp; a pig-farmer boyfriend with a weak heart; and a serious crush on the local sheriff. Then there’s Caroline’s dead-but-not-forgotten mother, Miss Lavinia, whose presence both guides and troubles Caroline as she tries to keep her unruly family intact and out of jail. With a sizable cast of minor characters with major attitude, Frank lovingly mixes a brew of personalities who deliver nonstop clashes, mysteries, meltdowns, and commentaries; below the always funny theatrics, however, is a compelling saga of loss and acceptance. When Frank nails it, she really nails it, and she does so here. (June)