Plantation Hardcover – 15 Aug 2002
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"Think Terry McMillan meets Rebecca Wells by way of the Deep South and you'll be barking up the right bayou."
"Filled with entertaining characters and lots of humor." The State - Columbia, SC
"Think Terry McMillan meets Rebecca Wells by way of the Deep South and you'll be barking up the right bayou." The Mirror (UK)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This rich, colourful Southern tale, set in South Carolina, centres on a mother/daughter relationship. A follow-up to the US bestseller SULLIVAN'S ISLAND.See all Product Description
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I found the book again on Amazon.uk. I tried to make the purchase, but it would not allow the transaction, I guess because it thinks I have already purchased this 'hard-to-find book' and policy doesn't allow more than one such purchase to be shipped to the United States.
The entire process was unncesssarily frustrating and disappointing. All I wanted was a book to complete my collection.
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This is an endearing and charming tale about a family that is ultimately brought together through a very difficult time. Ms. Frank has the ability to weave humor, folklore, history, and just plan fun throughout the story. I truly found this book to be amazing!
One of my favorite authors is Pat Conroy. I have read all of his books. Ms. Frank seems to share his ability to tell a story and keep his/her audience totally engrossed and comitted to the read.
There are funny, sad, intelligent, nasty, good, sweet, innocent, and centered characters in this book. Ms. Frank has a marvelous ability to bring each character to life and to make the reader feel that this is either someone already known to them or someone you would love to know.
I can't say enough about the beautiful writing that is in this book. I actually cried and am not one to do that freely. So that surprised me a lot. It was worth it. A great author and a great read!
I read this book AM and PM, and was only dissapointed that it ended. Ms Benton Franks writing is evolving into a much crisper, more joined together style than Sullivan's Island, with a better grasp and flow of the wonderful story of rediscovery of ones true heritage and inner self.
I loved this book, please keep 'em comming!
If you are looking for a great summer beach book, try Plantation by Dorothea Benton Frank. Even better than Sullivan's Island, it is such great fun reading this lowcountry tale. The family is dysfunctional enough to be Southern, eccentric enough to make you laugh out loud, and human enough to make you cry. The matriarch, Miss Lavinia, is a hoot! I was torn between cringing at her antics and yet wanting to be like her in my old age. The battles between Miss Lavinia's daughter, Mrs. Caroline Wimbley Levine, and her perpetually pregnant low-life sister-in-law rage on while the crown prince son drinks on amidst gambling, infidelity, and a cast of zany supporting characters. All of the ordinary story elements are here -wealth, marriages in crisis, parenting, the struggle to be independent balanced against the need to go home. However, Dorothea Benton Frank has made the characters come alive in such a delightful way that Thomas Wolfe is proved wrong - you can go home again! After weeks of searching for the perfect summer read, I finally found it! Any book with a chapter titled, "Miss Lavinia Would Like to Have a Word with You", just has to be read!
The plot to this book is true to Dotty Frank's genre: displaced Low Country gal comes home, gets mesmerized, and slowly regains her roots. In this case, the woman is Caroline Wimbley Levine, married to a cold and smug psychiatrist, Richard, and living in equally cold luxury in New York with their beloved son Eric.
When Caroline hears from her brother Trip that their mother, Lavinia, is losing her marbles and must be put in assisted living, Caroline grabs Eric and goes home for what she thinks will be for a few days. And there she is caught up in the gullah magic; the Low Country mystique (in which I thoroughly believe, thanks to Dotty's wonderful books) and a chance to become, once again, the "real" Caroline.
This might be the best of the four books Dotty Frank has so-far written. I cannot praise it highly enough. Grab it and lose yourself in a truly wonderful read!
While the passing yawn of years has not played out as passionately as Caroline once hoped, she considers herself well married, happily self employed, and deliriously happy with her bright, but somewhat academically challenged young son.
Going home to the Queen of Tall Pines Plantation where she and her brother Tripp were raised did not occupy a high spot on Caroline's list of priorities. Fate rears her fickle head, cackles noisily, and sets her sights firmly on Caroline's life.
A rare phone call from her brother Tripp suggests the possibility that mother Lavinia has taken leave of her senses. Caroline rushes home "to see about mother."
From the moment Caroline sets foot on the grounds of the plantation,little appears to have changed. Everything is just as beautiful as she remembers. But Caroline soon realizes that surface appearances mean little. Unflattering family secrets lurk in every branch of the Wimbley family, and promise to wreck havoc in everyone's lives.
The only that the only thing that is for certain is that Lavinia, while as eccentric as ever, is perhaps the only member of the Wimbley crew who is in full control of her sanity.
Plantation is both bust-a-gut funny and chock full of low country wisdom. Ms. Frank's ability to entice her characters to get up and dance off the page makes this endearing novel more than just a story. It is a tribute to the south I grew up with, where what is said, what is done and what is felt seldom means the same thing. This tale is rich with southern familiarity, and our infamous tawdry secrets.
Frank's spellbinding ability to spin a yarn nudges the reader gently along as we each come remember the ties that bind us to family. Anyone who's ever both loved and hated a mother will leave this story yearning to feel safe in Momma's care just one more time.
Bravo, Dorothea Benton Frank. You done good, you did.