Set in NY and Sullivan's Island, SC, Miriam Swanson is a divorced woman with an estranged family. but some great friends. She has a wonderful mother in SC and a crazy talking bird. This is one of the author's best novels. You'll love it.
Dorothea Benton Frank has a way of making you feel like you are right in the heart of the lowcountry. This isn't my favorite book of hers, but still brings alive the beauty and magic of the lowcountry.
This novel by Dorothea Benton Frank is one of her best.It is the story of Miriam who refinds herself on Sullivan's Island.She has been living in isolation except for her neighbors in her townhome in NYC and worrying about her "position" on her committees. She comes to some self realizations while visiting her mother on the island.She loosens up and has some fun! There were places that made me laugh out loud and moments that were so touching.I can't wait for D.B.Frank's next book.
This book made mr sad, laugh and think about what Family and Friend are really about., the effect a divorce have in all the people around you., to take a pause about what makes you really happy as a person and the Relationships with your children, parents and friends,that get lost in everyday things and situations. I have a lot of fun reading this book and made me thing about what's really importat in life. I life lesson is I ever read one.
The story captured me and I totally related to "Mellie"....I couldn't put the book down the second half as her life starting changing because she was ready to make changes in her life. When we accept things that happen to us and appreciate the loved ones around us life is really what you make of it.
Fun read, will make you laugh and will make you cry. Excellent story line, jerk of a husband , kids to busy, life must go on-- and Miriam makes thing shappen for herself. Of course Ms. Frank is a worth while author. Anything you pick up by her is going to be entertaining.
I gave myself permission to stop this book midway, which is something that I seldom do. I couldn't find a single likeable character. Main character was weakly written and way overdone, story was drivel. I guess this is just not the author for me, as so many people said it was their favorite book written by her.
Meet Miriam Elizabeth Swanson, in a full-blown snit, buoyed by a fabulous cast who run the gamut from insufferable to wonderful. First is the arrival of Liz Harper, Miriam's tenant from Birmingham, who sets a new cycle in motion. Then her other tenant, Kevin, stalwart companion with more style than Cary Grant, shakes Miriam out of her fog to see which battles are worth the fight. Next, her estranged son announces he's marrying a Jamaican woman. And what about her ex-husband, Charles, and that sordid lingerie model of his? Well, Harry, her African Gray parrot, has plenty of opinions. Finally, you'll laugh and cry when she meets a man named Harrison who changes her into a gal named Mellie.
Miriam spins out from the revolving door of her postured life as a Manhattan quasi-socialite while she thirsts, no, starves for recognition. How did she become what she hates the most, and what does she endure to realize it? And where are the answers? It takes a few spins, dips, and one spectacular fall until Miriam gets her head on straight. Then in a whoosh she's off to the enchanted and mysterious land of Sullivans Island, deep in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
This was one of the best yet from Frank and her "low country" tales. A story about a middle aged divorcee with two grown estranged children who lives in NYC but misses her mother and her roots - both in SC - Sullivan's Island. It made me laugh and cry...very moving story with rich characters that evolved and grew, just like in real life.
I love all her books, so with that said she took me away again with this one as well. I love the feeling when you read a book you can envision yourself there as one of the characters. Making stong women.
Great book -- great setting -- Sullivan's Island -- pull up a chair and a tall glass of Long Island Ice Tea and watch the Mango Sunsets! The characters could be anyone's best friends. Take time to enjoy the book, it is was of Ms. Frank's best!
This book has so many sides to it, we start in Manhattan and end in South Carolina covering all the beauty of both spots as well as Southern charm. The characters are many and each one very interesting, including the parrot with an outstanding sense of humor. A tale of family, love, fun and life. I had a hard time putting it down. It's the first book I have read by this author but will look for other's now. I gave it a 5 star rating.
From the book back:
Her sleazy husband left her for a lingerie model who's barely more than a teenager, and her kids are busy with their own lives. But before Miriam Elizabeth Swanson can work herself up into a true snit about it all, her newest tenant, Liz, arrives from Birmingham with plenty of troubles of her own. And then Miriam meets a man named Harrison, who makes her laugh, makes her cry, and make her feel like a brand-new woman.
It's almost too much for one Manhatten quasi-solialite to handle - so Miriam's escaping to the enchanted and mysterious land of Sullivans Island, deep in the low country of South Carolina, a place where she can finally get her head on straight - and figure out that it's not pride that's going to keep warm at night...
The "New York Times" bestselling author of "Full of Grace" delivers a highly addictive tale of hilarity, heat, and one woman's journey toward the hard-won truth that a genuinely happy life comes with a generous heart. A divorce has stalled Miriam Swanson's life: her snooty Hermes-swathed Manhattan friends abandoned her after her ex-husband "ran off with his whore"; one of her grown sons keeps her at arm's length, while her other son, a "nice nerd," stays beneath the family radar for months at a time; Frank's narrative is heavy on healing - physically, mentally - and the importance of family.