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Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank
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Nov 20, 2011

it was ok
Read in November, 2011

Kudos to Dorothea Benton Frank for breaking from her usual formula. Girl (read: middle-aged woman) returns to Lowcountry after divorce/widowhood. Wise (and wisecracking) family member gives her sage advice. Enter age-appropriate man with preexisting friendship with wise family member. He becomes new love interest for main character. Much alcohol and chaos ensue. Ok, so all this did happen, but each chapter alternates with one taken from a one-woman show about the life of Dorothy Heyward (wife of DuBose, author of Porgy and Bess). And interesting concept, if only I weren't SO BORED by the execution. In the main storyline, very little actually happens, but in the show subplot, even less happens. Cate's life is just too pat, and her life's turmoil resolves itself with little detriment to her, which is nothing short of unrealistic. Frank's writing might be formulaic, but I guess she should stick with what she's been comfortable with writing in her previous novels.
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