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Shem Creek
Shem Creek: A Lowcountry Tale | Dorothea Benton Frank
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Pat Conroy has called her books hilarious and wise, noting that they are funny, sexy and usually damp with sea water. Anne Rivers Siddons said of Sullivans Island that it roared with life. Now Dorothea Benton Frank takes us back to the Lowcountry to introduce a whole new cast of characters whose lives will surely move your heart. Linda Breland has no experience managing a restaurant, but then neither did Brad Jackson, and he owns the place. Meet Linda Breland, single parent of two teenage daughters. The oldest, Lindsey, who always held her younger sister in check, is leaving for college. And Gracie, her Tasmanian devil, is giving her nightmares. Lindas personal life? Well, between the married men, the cold New Jersey winters, her pinched wallet and her ex-husband who marries a beautiful, successful woman ten years younger than she islets just say, Linda has seen enough to fill a thousand pages. As the story opens, she is barreling down Interstate 95, bound for Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the land of her ancestors. Welcomed by the generous heart of her advice dispensing sister, Mimi, Linda and her daughters slowly begin to find their way and discover a sweeter rhythm of life. And then theres Brad Jackson, a former investment banker of Atlanta, Georgia who hires her to run his restaurant on Shem Creek. Like everyone else, Brads got a story of his ownnamely an almost ex-wife, Loretta who is the kind of gal who gives women a bad name. The real protagonist of this story is the Lowcountry itself. The magical waters of Shem Creek, the abundant wildlife and the astounding power of nature give this tiny corner of the planet its infallible reputation as a place for introspection, contemplation and healing. As in all her previous work, youll find Shem Creek to be compulsively readable, irreverent but warm and blazingly authenticand youll dread reaching the last page. It is her vivid writing, colorful characters and rich narrative that have made Dorothea Benton Frank one of our nations greatest storytellers. Shem Creek is a triumphant novel that proves we are all entitled to a second chance. The challenge is to learn how to recognize it when it comes and to know which chance to take.
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I hit the Dorothea Benton Frank jackpot at the thrift store today. These are fun reads when I need something familiar and light, like now. I am a huge fan of Glennon but have never read her books. Excited about this one. #Stacks #ThriftStoreFinds

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Our #bookclub (teachers in the same school) started in 2003 and is still going strong. This is the list of books I typed up in 2009 that we had read up to then. Photo shows only A to L. #publishedinthe2000s #readJanuary