Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including Sullivan's Island, Plantation, Pawleys Island, Shem Creek, and Isle of Palms. Born and raised on Sullivan's Island in South Carolina, she now resides in the New York area with her husband.
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.
"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 sexy, funny, and
quirky page-turner."--The Columbus Dispatch "[A]
funny-to-the-bone Southern novel...Incredibly entertaining."--The
State (Columbia, SC) "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
"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 "Compulsively readable...Will appeal to fans of both Fannie Flagg and Larry McMurtry's Terms of Endearment. A true southern comfort."--Booklist