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Folly Beach Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2012
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Experience the wild beauty and sultry magic of New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank's Carolina Lowcountry—where the pull of family is as powerful as the ocean tides and love can strike faster than lightning in summer…
Home is the place that knows us best…
A woman returns to the past to find her future in this enchanting new tale of loss, acceptance, family, and love.
With its sandy beaches and bohemian charms, surfers and suits alike consider Folly Beach to be one of South Carolina's most historic and romantic spots. It is also the land of Cate Cooper's childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam freely. Cate never thought she'd wind up in this tiny cottage named the Porgy House on this breathtakingly lovely strip of coast. But circumstances have changed, thanks to her newly dead husband whose financial—and emotional—bull and mendacity have left Cate homeless, broke, and unmoored.
Yet Folly Beach holds more than just memories. Once upon a time another woman found unexpected bliss and comfort within its welcoming arms. An artist, writer, and colleague of the revered George Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward enjoyed the greatest moments of her life at Folly with her beloved husband, DuBose. And though the Heywards are long gone, their passion and spirit lingers in every mango sunset and gentle ocean breeze.
And for Cate, Folly, too, holds the promise of unexpected fulfillment when she is forced to look at her life and the zany characters that are her family anew. To her surprise, she will discover that you can go home again. Folly Beach doesn't just hold the girl she once was… it also holds the promise of the woman she's always wanted—and is finally ready—to become.
Folly Beach, filled with the irresistible charm, saucy wit, and lush atmosphere that have won her the devotion of fans and propelled her books to bestsellerdom, is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank.
A Look Inside Folly Beach
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|Dorothy and DuBose Heyward, from the Collections of the South Carolina Historical Society.||Tourist brochure of Folly Beach, from the Collections of the South Carolina Historical Society.||The way to the beach from Porgy House. Photo credit: Kathy Glick.||Porgy House on Folly Beach. Photo credit: Kathy Glick.|
Dorothea Benton Frank on Writing Folly Beach
Last summer, I went down to the South Carolina Historical Society and read the papers of Dorothy and DuBose Heyward, thinking that it was DuBose who wrote Porgy and Bess with George Gershwin on Folly Beach during the summer of 1934. Not true.
My first discovery was that DuBose was a high school dropout and that Dorothy, a young orphan, was unusually well educated and already an award winning playwright when they married. Then I discovered the huge economic disparities between them. Dorothy was wealthy and although DuBose was comfortable at the time they met, he had grown up in poverty. I ran across a copy of her birth certificate, on which her name is “Dorothea”—my name—and letterhead that stated she lived on Fifth and Twelfth in Manhattan—my old address— on and on. Every time I turned around, it seemed I was bumping into another coincidence. Okay, I thought, there’s a story here and I’m going to try and tell it. Who was Dorothy Heyward? And what happened that summer on Folly Beach?
It is historic fact that Dorothy herself adapted DuBose’s book Porgy for the stage and that she also had a great hand in creating the adaptation of Mamba’s Daughters for the stage, the two most successful works with DuBose Heyward’s name attached to them. But she shied away from taking credit for herself and spent her widowhood making sure that DuBose’s name appeared in the credits of all of Gershwin’s productions of Porgy and Bess so that his estate would receive the royalties that were due.
What is in those boxes at the SCHS is there because it was what Dorothy wanted us to see. Every single letter from her to DuBose is absent. Perhaps he did not save her letters or perhaps she disposed of them. We will never know. But it appears that Dorothy wanted us to have a one-sided conversation with DuBose, not her. Dorothy always wanted DuBose to be the celebrity, the icon, the one who was remembered and revered. She loved him that much.
And, finally, while Dorothy Heyward may have wanted to disappear into history as “just a girl from Ohio who wanted a career on the other side of the footlights,” the facts appear differently to me. True, she was diminutive in the extreme, and the fact that she was from Ohio may have left her more easily dismissed by DuBose’s crowd of aristocratic old Charlestonians. But Dorothy Kuhns Heyward was a powerhouse, who married into one of Charleston’s most prestigious families and spent her life doing everything she could for the man she fiercely loved who was, for his time, a civil rights pioneer. My new novel explores their lifelong collaboration, their devotion to each other and what magic happened on Folly Beach in 1934 and in 2010, both periods of fascinating self-discovery.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately, this is another author who will no longer be an automatic buy for me. I will check reviews first, then head for the library. Overall, the book falls short in too many areas to be a three-star book and just has too many obvious contrivances to make it a good read.
For those interested in reading it, I'd suggest getting it from the library or waiting for the paperback version. There are so many other books well worth purchasing. Sadly, this one was not one of them for me.
Unremarkable, unbelievable and totally forgettable. My sister and my best friend had the same reaction..except they did not even finish it..I stuck with it till the ridiculous ending and now THAT was a total waste of time. But I think I am most upset about being let down my one of my favorite authors--hard to forgive this one! Where were her editors? Why didn't they catch this one before release to the public? I have read the other glowing reviews and wonder if we got the same book..or are my standards for Frank set high after enjoying her previous books so much? hmmm...not sure, but now I have to get back to the hunt for something to read this summer to clear the mind-numbing Folly Beach from my memory. Gave it away with warning..so sad about this one!
Slow to get into, slow to get through the flashbacks and difficult to stay focused on the writing.
I bought my book and will donate it to a cause and hope someone likes it more than I have.
It is a story about Cate Cooper whose husband commits suicide and leaves her penniless. Cate is able to return to where she was brought up on one of the islands near Charleston to be taken in by her aunt who raised her and her sister. The story wraps around how she will rebuild her life.
There are several things in this book that seem contrived in some scenarios and you find your credibility strained at coincidences that occur. Many of them concern the other part of the book of included play scenes with the love story of Dorothy Heyward who was married to the man who was said to have helped to write Porgy and Bess with Gershwin. Much of what is related about this whole relationship seems farfetched until you start looking up facts for yourself.
This is a pleasant "beach" book with the caution that you might have read this before - it's still sort of a nice read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My first read in the Lowcountry series and also my first read by Ms. Frank. Admittedly, it did take some time (several chapters) for me to warm up to the technique of past to... Read morePublished 3 days ago by The Literary Diva
This is great book for summer. The setting on Folly Beach, the light-heartedness of the characters, the references to Summertime... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Andi
Whenever I go on vacation, I try to buy a mystery novel by a local writer. Last summer, when I saw "Folly Beach" by Dorothea Benton Frank in a bookstore on Folly Beach and... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Patricia Gligor
I was disappointed in this book for a few reasons. I thought the flashbacks were difficult to follow and the story was just too predictable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I was looking forward to reading this book as I generally enjoy books set in the south. The first 20 pages of the book are the best and then it falls flat. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Belle
From North to South, lessons need learning, and not in school! Values across generations sustain a woman stricken by events she never saw coming. A good read!!Published 4 months ago by Margaret Bleyberg-forsman