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Sullivan's Island
Sullivan's Island
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Set in the steamy, stormy landscape of South Carolina, Sullivan's Island marks the debut of an exquisitely talented writer--and tells the unforgettable story of one woman's courageous journey toward truth. — Born and raised on idyllic Sullivan's Island, Susan Hayes navigated through her turbulent childhood with humor, spunk, and characteristic So...  more
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ISBN-13: 9780515127225
ISBN-10: 0515127221
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 216 ratings
Publisher: Jove
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Frank's debut novel is a story of redemption set in South Carolina's steamy low country. Susan Hamilton Hayes's comfortable Charleston existence is shattered when she finds her husband in bed with another woman. Faced with a failed marriage, a confused teenage daughter and a mediocre job, she sets about the business of healing. Slowly, supported by visits to her sister in their childhood home on sleepy Sullivan's Island, Susan becomes a successful newspaper columnist, regains her confidence as a woman (despite a hilariously deflating date) and finally explores the death of her complex, abusive father decades before. Chapters alternate between the present and 1963, the year her father died, as Susan faces both the strength and the damaging effects of her family legacy. The ending - complete with a perfect suitor reemerging from Susan's youth - is almost too picture perfect to ring true but both the setting and the characters are blazingly authentic. Frank evokes the eccentric Hamilton family and their feisty Gullah housekeeper with originality and conviction; Susan herself - smart, sarcastic, funny and endearingly flawed - makes a lively and memorable narrator. Thanks to these scrappily compelling portraits, this is a rich read.
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This is a great book! It's about a disfunctional catholic family growing up in South Carolina in 1963 and their lives (2 sisters' in particular)today. Very Funny! Easy Read - couldn't put it down.
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Good reading. A great story.

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great read
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I realized after reading it I had read it several years before. Good, easy read. I love visiting Charleston, it was fun reading the references to familiar places I've visited as well.
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I must be the only person that didn't finish this book. In theory, I should have loved it. I used to live in Charleston, but this one didn't do anything for me.