Can you imagine how difficult it would be to realize that your family may be looking at you to guide them now that the family matriarch has died? Caroline Wimbley Levine finds herself in just such a position. And everything is complicated by that strange combination of jealousy, competition, and fierce love that can be found only among relatives:
It is a generally accepted fact that at some point during your birthday, you'll reassess your life. When you are young, and by "young" I mean the sum of your years is under twenty, your whole life is still in front of you. Your un-juandiced eyes are sunlit and wide. Your lungs rise and fall with breathless optimism. Whom will you marry? Who will you become? Will you be blessed with good children? Live in China? Climb Everest? Visit the Casbah? Sail the Amazon? Will the riches of the world find their way to your door? The details of your future life are still shrouded in the opaque mists of time's crystal ball and you, the anxious and impetuous young you, hopping from one foot to the other, cannot wait to get there.—Lowcountry Summer by Dorothea Benton Frank (HarperCollins, William Morrow, 2010, p. 1-2)
But, darlin', when your years creep north of thirty, your assessing eye blinks, drifts to the past to scan your scorecard because your future is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Or is it?
- Setting: Tall Pines Plantation, South Carolina
- Circumstances: family problems come to the surface just as summer blooms; Caroline wonders what her mother would have done
- Characters: brothers and sisters; family friends; lovers new and old; children, neighbors
- Genre: women's fiction, Southern fiction
- Themes: family, love, finding oneself, coming to terms with the past; facing the future
- Miscellaneous: features the same characters as the novel Plantation
- Personal: I love the way Dorothea's personality shines in this short video about the novel
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