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In Frank’s fourteenth South Carolina novel (Porch Lights, 2012), prominent, conservative Charlestonians Liz and Clayton Waters are none too happy with their family. Never mind the constant antics of Liz’s octogenarian mother, Maisie, and her boy-toy, live-in companion, Skipper. Their exuberant daughter, Ashley, refuses to pursue either a meaningful career or a potential husband, harboring instead dreams of being a celebrated artist. Meanwhile, their son, Ivy (for Clayton Waters IV), is a hip, San Francisco men’s clothier, along with James, his Asian business- and life-partner. ’Nuff said. Each hypercritical parent manages to cope in his or her own way: Liz, by running a battered-women’s shelter; Clayton, by running off to Manhattan and having an illicit affair. But when Skipper suffers a stroke and Ashley is brutally attacked by a seemingly merely smarmy state senator, Liz and Clayton rally to their sides and rediscover the strength and solace only a strong family can provide. Hidden beneath Frank’s trademark buoyant and breezy Low Country patois is a passionate exposé of South Carolina’s alarming problem with domestic abuse. --Carol Haggas
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She resides in the New York area with her husband.
I was so disappointed in this book. The story was just so predictable. Ashley's suitor was so cliche - and of course, Ashley's mother has a forte in abuse? Read morePublished 2 days ago by Beverly G. Proffitt
I usually love her books! However, this one was just okay. Characters lacked depth and everything tied up too nice and tidy. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Theresa A. Bushman
I have enjoyed most all her books, and always look forward to the next one.Published 4 days ago by WandaH