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Low Country Hardcover – June 23, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins; 1st edition (June 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060176164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060176167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A Siddons heroine of a familiar stripe, Caroline Aubrey Venable battles adversity and despair to save her South Carolina island in a somewhat unwieldy novel that again shows us a woman maturing under pressure. The death of her daughter five years earlier still shadows Caroline's life, and her occasional overindulgence in alcohol is something neither she nor her husband of 25 years will discussAso long as Caroline continues dutifully to play "mother superior" to the junior partners of her husband Clay's land-developing empire. When rumor comes to light that Clay's company plans to turn their low country home into a theme parkAthreatening the wild ponies that Caroline loves, not to mention the Gullahs who have lived there for centuriesACaroline is roused from her stupor. The leisurely pace and evocative atmospheric background of Siddons's fiction are in evidence here, and the confiding tone of this first-person narrative of betrayal and redemption offers few surprises. Some readers, however, may find Caroline annoyingly self-absorbed; may question why she doesn't object more strenuously when Luis CassellsAone of the islandersAcharacterizes Clay as "Mengele"; may find Siddons's depiction of Luis as a Cuban-Jewish Don Quixote improbable; may take umbrage at Caroline's patronization of the Gullahs; and may agree that the climax, while surprising, makes for a pat denouement. $250,000 ad/promo; U.K. rights to Little, Brown; first serial and dramatic rights: Virginia Barber; audio rights: HarperAudio; translation rights: HarperCollins; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Fans will find some familiar elements here: a sympathetic Southern heroine, an unlikely love interest, and a South Carolina low country setting fragrant with salt air. Caro Venable is a captivating mix of beauty queen, drunk, artist, dutiful corporate wife, and mother still grieving her daughter's drowning. Her love of Peacock's Island clashes with her developer husband's plans to subdivide her grandfather's land and turn its native tribal settlement into a "theme park." Caro is also tempted by a wild, rebellious Cuban botanist who shares her love for the unspoiled island. The novel ends with a circle of completeness: a corrupt husband returning to his decent self, a wife returning to her husband's love, an orphaned child filling the void left by a girl's death, and the island saved from development. Readers of Siddons's other books (Up Island, HarperCollins, 1997) will not be disappointed.
-?Carol J. Bissett, Dittlinger Memorial Lib., New Braunfels, TX
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

Too many over-the-top characters.
Manola Sommerfeld
This is the first book written by Anne Rivers Siddons that I read and caused me to fall in love with this author and the Low Country.
AmyW
While not a great work of literature in the classic sense - this is very fine writing indeed.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was very surprised to see all the negative reviews for "Low Country". I personally thought it was one of Anne Rivers Siddons' best books ever. I agree with the readers that say that her genre is somewhat predictable, but that is what makes her books almost comforting. I, for one, like happy endings. I loved "Colony" and "Fault Lines" and put this one on the same level. She chooses her surroundings carefully, but her characters always seem to be a part of their area. Any woman who has been through a crisis that shakes her marraige to the bone and makes her grow as woman and a partner can relate to her books.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved Up Island. Now I have read Downtown and Low Country and I find it hard to believe that they were written by the same author as Up Island. While reading Low Country, and forcing myself to finish it I have come to the conclusion that Anne Rivers Siddons just cannot write. There were paragraphs that were so ridiculosly written that I would read them to my husband and we would just crack up. She introduces characters and forgets them (Lottie, Carter among others). She has another one transform while being out of the story for a few days (Sophia) and the most aggravating thing of all is the main character spends way too much darn time sleeping! This book made me crazy. Don't waste your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Kirkman on November 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've read many of Anne Rivers Siddons books. This one wasn't really my favorite of all, but it kept me interested enough to stick with the story.

Caroline Venable had the lovely island plantation which she inherited from her grandfather whom she was very close to. But when her husband's company threatened to buy it out, and make a theme park out of it, Caroline had to fight every step of the way for it. But her fight won't be won without some hurt feelings along the way. Hopefully, she and Clay's marriage will survive her fight for the land.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Denise Bentley on November 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The beauty of South Carolina and the islands of its outer banks is presented with tenderness and a love that the author can't hide.
Caroline Venable has fond memories of her time spent with her grandaddy on the island. It is a magical place where ponies run wild and the marshes sing with exultant airs; it lies among the reeds and bull rushes in an untouched state. Caroline's life holds a dark secret, and the turmoil is coming to a head, as the island is threatened to be developed by the person she would least suspect.
Siddons has produced a wonderful book with characters that employ your attention from the start. If you enjoy this authors writing, another superb book is COLONY. Kelsana 11/23/01
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After enjoying "Colony" so much last year I eagerly looked forward to this latest novel. I found I had to struggle to finish the book and was very disappointed at the lack of imagination at the end. Obviously this book did not inspire me to read anything further by Siddons.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of Anne Rivers Siddons books, so I was eagerly anticipating this newest one. However, I was very disappointed. While this book hints at the rich imagery and phrases of Siddons's earlier novels, it doesn't come close to matching them. Caro is whiny and she goes into so many fugues where she misses her daughter that it gets annoying. If you want to read a book by this author, choose one of her excellent earlier novels and skip this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Manola Sommerfeld on June 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Too much melodrama in this novel. Too many over-the-top characters. My favorite is the Jewish-Cuban-with-an-Italian-name, who minutes after meeting the wife of his boss, calls him "Mengele" to her face. Come on! Although i read some very nice passages, this book is nothing more than a glorified romance novel from the supermarket shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was very disappointed with Ms. Siddons' latest novel. Although I usually read her books in a couple of days (if not all in one night), the first half of this book dragged on. It did pick up during the second half, however the plot and ending were predictable.
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