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The girls of August, Anne Rivers Siddons

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The girls of August
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The girls of August
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Anne Rivers Siddons
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eng
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"Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected" --
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  • Maddy, Rachel, Barbara, and Melinda met when their husbands were in medical school and started a tradition of spending a week at a beach house every August that lasted until Melinda died in an automobile accident. Years later, when Melinda’s husband remarries, they invite his new wife, a ditzy twentysomething nicknamed Baby, to join them and end up at her family’s home on the South Carolina coast. Petty jealousy is the reigning emotion, and Baby makes a point of flaunting her youth and beauty and playing up the fact that the other women are old enough to be her mother. Making matters worse, each of the women has a life-changing secret. Their anguish boils over during a storm, and all four must come together to survive. Siddons’ (Burnt Mountain, 2011) latest is a thoughtful portrait of women in crisis, the three older of them faced with an all-too-vivid reminder that they’re aging while the youngest matures, thanks to their shared experience, and all recognize that friendship is a sustaining force. Siddons’ many fans will feel right at home with this emotionally gripping, beach-themed read. -- Donohue, Nanette (Reviewed 06-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 19, p36)
  • "The Girls of August": four women who have vacationed together at the beach (in a different house each summer) from the time their husbands were in medical school. They spin apart when one dies tragically, but a new marriage brings them together again for a heartfelt reunion on one of South Carolina's barrier islands. Classic beach reading. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed February 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 3, p70)
  • Three old friends and one newbie try to revive a vacation tradition, with mixed results.The self-styled Girls of August are an intrepid band of doctorsâ€TM wives who have gotten together for annual summer sprees ever since Cornelia—the rich, blonde consort of party-animal physician Teddy—invited them to share her beach retreat. None of the other “girls”—Rachel, Barbara and narrator Maddy—actually liked Cornelia, but no matter; Teddy soon replaced her with the more copacetic Melinda. For the past three years, ever since Melindaâ€TMs tragic accidental death—Teddy was drunk at the wheel—the girls have stayed home, but then this summer, Baby, Teddyâ€TMs 20-something third wife, entices them to familiar Siddons territory, the South Carolina barrier islands. Babyâ€TMs opulent home is located on the deserted and fictional Tiger Island, virtually unpopulated except for a resident enclave of Gullah people. Gloriously incommunicado (the only cellphone having met its demise), the women drink, cook delicious meals and swim. But problems soon surface: Maddy suffers from intermittent nausea, Rachel almost drowns, and Barbara seems to be sliding into serious alcoholism. Baby is the source of much humor and rue among the 40-ish women: Not only is she blonde and independently wealthy like her predecessor, Cornelia, she enjoys flaunting her nubile figure by skinny-dipping. Perhaps to escape all the perimenopausal sarcasm, Baby disappears for long stretches. Is she having an affair with handsome Gullah fisherman Earl or merely plotting revenge? Someone removes the screen from Barbaraâ€TMs window, letting in stinging bugs, and Maddyâ€TMs bed collapses one night. Has it all devolved into the middle-aged Southern version of summer camp farce? Nothing unpredictable or challenging can survive the many clichés—the wise and vaguely mystical Gullahs, the stereotypically airheaded trophy wife and the other characters who somehow lack the mettle of Steel Magnolias but who might qualify as copper or tin.A slight bagatelle in which even the weightiest topics are sloughed off like suntan lotion in a tropical rainstorm.(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2014)
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Siddons, Anne Rivers
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3569.I28
LC item number
G57 2014b
Literary form
fiction
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  • Married women
  • Friendship
  • Death
  • Female friendship
  • Women
  • Beaches
  • Vacation homes
  • Vacation rentals
  • South Carolina
Target audience
adult
Label
The girls of August, Anne Rivers Siddons
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
223 pages
Isbn
9780446527958
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rdamedia
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  • 816563596
  • (OCoLC)816563596
Label
The girls of August, Anne Rivers Siddons
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
223 pages
Isbn
9780446527958
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • 816563596
  • (OCoLC)816563596

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