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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062132520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062132529
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She divides her time between the New York area and the Lowcountry.


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I am the author of fourteen novels placed in and around the Lowcountry of South Carolina and thanking God for my chance to speak. When I'm not writing, I'm reading or gardening or cooking. Love to travel, shoot the breeze with people and most of all, be with my husband, children and dog - not always necessarily in that order. THE LAST ORIGINAL WIFE (William Morrow) goes on sale June 11, 2013. Love to have company so come visit at www.dotfrank.com or on Facebook. And by the way, serious huge gushing thanks for everything - your kind words, posts and emails. Writing saves me, but without your support it wouldn't mean as much. (So I'm a little sentimental - big deal.) xxoo Dot

Customer Reviews

Very well written, the characters so real so interesting.
Cyn Trujillo
In fact, it's one of those books that you desire to read again by the time you finish the last page.
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The characters were not well developed and the story line was so predictable.
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111 of 117 people found the following review helpful By V.L. Mason on June 6, 2014
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First let me say, I've loved Dorothea Benton Frank's books since Sullivan's Island and Plantation, right on through Pawleys Island;after that, not so much. Ms.Frank's writing has become slick and polished and has lost, for me, what I liked best about her books, their realism, their authenticity as it were. Ms.Frank seems to be trying to be all things to all people and in so doing has lost what she did best.

It makes me sad to review Ms. Frank this way, but it is honest I find this to be a a slick, commercial book designed to appeal to all that is hip and modern (requisite gay character check, denigration of religion check, references to every "designer brand" and tv "celebrity" known to God and man check).

Sad day for me, I won't be buying anymore DBF books (at least not new lol) I'd been hoping Bull Island and the stuff that came after it, up to and including this book, were just a temporary. meet the deadline books and Ms. Frank would eventually go back to the original,witty,loving and lovable books from before, it's pretty clear that won't be happening, so I won't be buying.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Roso on June 4, 2014
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First let me say that no one captures the beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry like Frank, but this book fell so far short of the mark it was just sad. Grandma Maisie was the only character who rang true, mom Liz was either a passionate champion for abused women or a door mat for her own husband. Daughter Ashley was a total airhead (24 years old and she has never heard of a porterhouse steak), who says awesome a lot and lets a guy treat her like trash because he might someday run for president and she wants to be first lady. The characters were flat and one dimensional and I honestly didn't care what happened to any of them. This author is capable of SO much more
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By annie b on June 6, 2014
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have loved ms frank's books. but this one, although trying to make us more aware of abusive relationships which is a good thing, falls short. most of the dialogue was just plain silly. yes, I read it in one sitting, but it is not one of my favorite books by this author.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Richards on June 6, 2014
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This book was not for me! It should have been because I love books about the south and strong women, but this book fell short. Reading it on my kindle I was startled when I resulted I was 92 % done and I felt like it hadn't really gotten started. Try Plantation, Sullivan's island and The Last Original wife instead!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By sjn1285 on June 8, 2014
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It was a quick and shallow read. It felt choppy. I have read all of her previous books and this us my least favorite. The story line was vague, she could have done so much it. Left me wondering why I spent the money. Sadly disappointed after waiting so long for her new book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. Crawford on June 7, 2014
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I'll start off by saying that I was a huge fan of this author. I pre-ordered the kindle version even though I wasn't happy with the steep price.

I kept waiting for the plot to gain some kind of momentum but it never did. Ms. Frank must have received a financial incentive from Google because she managed to get a plug in for Google Glass in several chapters.

Save your money on this one. The only character I cared for was the brother.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Karyn Pringle on June 8, 2014
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I usually look forward to DBF's books as good, light summer reads. This one was so weak, with poor character development,and a lame plot that was predictable. I think we get inundated daily with political nonsense (both sides), and I certainly don't want that in a (what I thought would be) pleasurable story line. I don't ascribe to either party, but don't be so blatant as to make the villan in this novel obviously one party and a member of the heroine's family another. Sorry, but I'll be taking Ms. Frank off my reading list in the future, sadly.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fran on June 10, 2014
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What happened to the Frank we all laughed and cheered for in Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and Plantation? We catch glimpses of that author in this latest effort, but that real Dottie Frank never 're-emerges to tell the tale we so eagerly awaited.
No more like this...Please!
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