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Outer Banks

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,387 ratings  ·  186 reviews
They came together as sorority sisters on a Southern campus is the '60s: Elegant Kate, walking a tightrope over an abyss of lies ... Sensitive, sensible, self-contained Cecie ... Ginger, the sexy, vibrant heiress, richer than sin ... and poor, hopeless, brilliant Fig.

Four young women bound by rare, blinding, early friendship -- they spend two idyllic spring breaks at Nag's...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Avon - HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1991)
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Brennan Sigel
I thougth this book would be a perfect beach read for my summer vacation in the Outer Banks. I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I'd been in a sorority in college...

I'm also kind of suprised that this was an option for one of the "Modern Fiction" choices during my Junior year of high school. I'm glad I chose to read Pat Conroy that year instead.
Sharon Miller
I wanted to like this book better. Miss/Mrs. Siddons has lovely sentences, and her characters are unique and human, but the book was bogged down by a decidedly gossipy banality, a lack of the poetry of the mundane that made it as much soap opera as a portrait of the human condition; the latter her failed goal. The drama and events are too contrived to be believable.
Booknblues
Anne Rivers Siddons, the author of Outer Banks is comfortable explaining the southern soul, but she also understands the depth of friendships that develop during a young woman's formative years. Many of us can remember the deep friendships we formed when away at college for the first time. We often look at these friendships with idealism and nostalgia.
Kate who is fighting a battle with cancer is asked to attend a reunion with her three closest college friends, Cecie, Ginger and Fig. Kate is unsu...more
Chris
Outer Banks is one of my favorite Anne Rivers Siddons books. She is a middle-aged woman looking back to her college years in a sort of "how did I get here" experience. I always enjoy getting to know her characters and locations and have taken several East coast vacations largely due to the interest in the area that her books left with me. I read this book again when years later I finally went to the Outer Banks on vacation and found a tattered copy where we stayed. Having read everything ARS has...more
Sue
Kate, Cecie, Ginger and Fig were sorority sisters in the 60's. Thirty years later, the group gathers again for a week at Ginger's place at Nag's Head to get caught up and reminisce about old times. All is not as it seems...
I'm sure I read this back in the 90's when it first came out - I read several of her books about that time. So I added it to my Goodreads list without read dates or review. Recently, I found a second hand copy and thought I'd read it to be able to post my thoughts. The first...more
Rachelle Ayala
I loved this book better than Peachtree Road up to 98%. The story theme was about false appearances, people acting on the surface in civilized and splendid fakery, like the elegant dancing of 18th century Baroque minuets. The setting is four middle-aged sorority girls and a reunion at a grand house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We have Kate Stuart Lee, neither a Lee of Virginia nor offspring of General Stuart. Her boyfriend Paul Sibley, a prostitute's son whose mother took the last name...more
Margaret
Virginians obsesses about the Outer Banks all summer long - telling stories about it, packing for trips, posting pictures. I saw this book on the sale rack last summer and grabbed it. I've never been to the Outer Banks but am itching to.

The book is the story of enigmatic Kate Lee Abrams and her relationship with her 3 college suitemates. Their bond was intense and their eventual betrayal was paralyzing. Kate tells the tale by weaving intricate stories of her college years and giving us a snapsh...more
Ginny
This book is awful. I picked it up because I love the Outer Banks and I thought it would be a nice way to reminisce about family vacations. It was also a book about sorority women, of which I am one. I thought it might be nice to view sorority life from a middle-aged perspective. No. There is absolutely zero plot and the syntax is jumpy, with very little contextual interplay. Flashbacks in literature should be seamless; these are jerky and unwarranted. The drama and events are unrealistic and un...more
Marni
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Kathy
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Ginger
Having read several of Anee Rivers Siddons books, I will say that this is my favorite so far; starts off a little slowly but once the main character enters college and makes some friends the story really becomes moving. Every woman can relate to the love-hate relationships that these friends have with each other. Also, a trip back to the sixties is always worth a visit (especially to the South if you weren't raised there). The story also jumps ahead from time-to-time to the main character's life...more
Amy O'neal
This was a book with a compelling story, but the book was very hard for me to read. I put this book down with every intent not to pick it back up, but ended up finishing it. The way that the author writes was hard for me to get into and continue reading, but the plot was very well put together. I liked the book well enough, but will not read another book by the same author, because of the problems I already noted. The stars are for the plot, not the writing.
Amanda
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Heather Rae
While I appreciated Siddons' vocabulary usage, I spent most of this book waiting for . . . something, anything. Maybe I'm just not a good chick lit reader, but this was mostly a waste of my time. I should know better by now, but for $2.00 I threw aside my instincts and gave it a shot. Silly, silly me.
Karenbike Patterson
This reminded of South of Broad. It has the same unbelievable characters and plot. It has a big storm at the end too. The end was phoney and unbelievable. It is only redeemed by some beautifully written passages. The woman can write but she needs to get to some kind of reality.
Laura
I read this several years ago, and loved it. Fantastic. I love her stuff though. This one had lots of suspense toward the end, and lots of electricity between characters.
Tonya
This book is a stunner!! I never saw the twists and turns coming. It's wonderfully wicked and an engrossing story of friendships, love, jealousy and betrayal.
Kerry Hennigan
I think this is the second Anne Rivers Siddons book I ever bought and read (on the strength of how much I enjoyed "Hill Towns"). Many years later I am belatedly revising it and enjoying it afresh.

Kate is a married woman who has battled deadly ovarian cancer for nearly five years, and now, just shy of getting the 'all clear' she believes it is coming back. Before she surrenders to another round of debilitating chemotherapy, she wants to enjoy one last magical summer with the three friends from he...more
Melissa Norton
An earlier Siddons novel, with a distinctly Southern feel. Told from the perspective of Kate Lee Abrams as she reluctantly prepares for a reunion with three of her college sorority sisters, and alternating from the present to 1960s Virginia. Kate Lee did not grow up a child of privilege, but her father's obsessive desire for status led Kate to Randolph Macon College with all the outward appearances of a well-heeled Southern belle. She bonds with three very different young women in her sorority -...more
Mary
Apr 07, 2012 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Elegant Kate, walking a tightrope over an abyss of lies; Cecie, self-contained, sensitive and sensible; Ginger, the sexy, vibrant, richer-than-sin heiress and poor, hopeless, brilliant Georgina, nicknamed Fig - came together as sorority sisters on a Southern campus in the 1960s. Four women bound by rare, blinding and early friendship. They spend two idyllic spring breaks at Nag's Head, North Carolina, the isolated strip of barrier islands where grand old weather beaten houses perch defiantly on...more
Virginia
Anne Rivers Siddons has a gift for story-telling. Her use of language is unsurpassed in this era in which just about anyone can write a novel and get it published. Her stories have the ring of truth. You believe they could have actually taken place.

Outer Banks was the first is Siddons novel I ever read. Actually, I listened to it probably 20 years ago and I never forgot it. Years later, I took it out from the library and read it again. Recently, I bought a first edition at a local library book s...more
Jennifer
I have wanted to read this book since college, but I just never got around to it, and I think I also was a bit embarrassed to read a book by Anne Rivers Siddons. When I saw it in the bargain section at the Tattered Cover, I decided to give it a chance. I'm so glad that I did, because I'm truly surprised by how much I liked this book, and for all the reasons that it appealed to me when I first read the reviews back in my Davis days. It is all about female friendship and the complex, unpredictable...more
Linda
This book was not as I expected it to be. A friend let me borrow it, and if she hadn't, then I probably wouldn't have finished the book. The story starts out slow, and goes back and forth between the past and the present, which I really hate, especially when the book is first starting and you don't know what's going on yet. However, I kept plugging away at it and then I was hooked, about a third of the way in.

The main character is Kate (written from her viewpoint) who is raised to be an actress...more
Ann
I wanted to rate this book higher but the story, although reasonably written, could not hold my attention 100%. Some parts were very intense and suspenseful, but some of the dialogue and situations was just a little too dragged out for my taste. I would like to read another book by the same author, because I have a feeling she has written some gems
Lynda Mills
This book made me more eager than ever to go to the Outer Banks....oh the writing Ms. Siddons does in the description of the environment and be beauty of the area. The characters are rich and full of life, and love for each other....and they are such deep abiding friendships! A life would be truly be blessed to have such friends, albeit I would never want to spend every weekend with said friends! Ms Siddons gets the reader into the crux of the friendships, and the history of the primary characte...more
Sally Beaudean
I can't believe I've just discovered Anne Rivers Siddons. Outer Banks is one of the most beautifully written books I've read. The author has incredible skill and is able to describe scenes, events, and settings with acute detail. Although I was a bit disappointed with the climax -- needlessly dramatic for my taste -- I'm quite sure this will not be the only one of her books that will be making it to my "completed" shelf.
Pam Kirst
I am reading the books on my shelves this summer--all the books that have beenstacked up and gathering dust while library books get more urgent treatment. It's been an interesting summer!

I like Anne River Siddons, and I like her characters, generally; I like the mystical twist a lot of her books have, too. The sadness at the core of Outer Bamks--the false and dysfunctional family structure--makes me believe that Kate could resolutely turn her back on the people who'd become most important to he...more
☮Karen
For the first half to 2/3 of the book I was thoroughly engrossed in it. Siddons is one of my favorite writers; I love her vivid descriptions and her word choices. I usually learn a few new words from her. But somewhere between pgs 400-500, when the group of college pals reunited after decades of no communication, I started to dislike intensely the main character, Kay Lee. Prior to that she was sympathetic (she had, after all, lost her only child in an accident and survived cancer), and had been...more
Marge
We've spent time in the areas described in this story of 4 sorority sisters so I really could picture the scenes she was describing. We were there after a huge nor'easter swept through one time and the roads do literally end up being under water.
TBML
This was the August 2005 Branigan BookClub selection.

Kate, Cecie, Fig and Ginger were college roommates. As grown women, one summer, they meet at Ginger's beach house on North Carolina's Outer banks for an informal reunion. After some bittersweet reminiscing they discover unsettling things about their friendship. And when Paul, the one true love of Kate's life, and whom Ginger married, shows up, they are forced to confront the truths about their past.

Siddons has an unerring eye for the emotions...more
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