Friday, May 09, 2008

The Land of Mango Sunsets

Dorothea Benton Frank is a favorite of mine, another Southern/Coastal writer. Her stories are warm and filled with wonderful characters, and beautiful scenery. The Carolina low country comes to life in this book, making me want to rip off my shoes and run barefoot in the sand, eating fresh seafood, and listening to tales and history.
When Miriam Elizabeth Swanson's life is turned upside down, by divorce, she takes renters into her Manhattan townhouse to make ends meet. Her upscale friends abandon her in favor of her husband and his new, young wife, making Miriam feel worthless and alone, except for her best friend, Kevin, a fabulous window designer, and Harry, her parrot. When she makes a trip to visit her mother, in the low country, she finds her smoking pot and raising goats, a far cry from the genteel lady, she knows and loves, dearly. Laughter and tears, are in the mix as Miriam becomes Mellie, and finds that life isn't so lonely after all. I just want to sigh and read it all again.
Just want to thank everyone for the good wishes, and my arm is so much better! I know all the virtual ice packs helped!

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