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Paging Through Summer

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Trust, by Sean Keefer, Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank, and The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe make for ideal seaside entertainment. Photographs by Elizabeth Willingham

July 20, 2011

Paging Through Summer
Time to replenish your pile of beach reads? Find adventure, romance, and intrigue in three recent releases from Lowcountry residents

written by Jacqui Calloway & Licia Hendriks

The Butterfly’s Daughter, by Mary Alice Monroe ($25, Gallery Books, May 2011)
This satisfying tale of monarchs and matriarchs recounts a timeless adventure on the open road. In Monroe’s latest novel, Luz Avila coaxes her VW bug, El Toro, from Milwaukee to Mexico as she follows the migration of the butterflies that her recently deceased grandmother dearly loved. Along the way, she enlists a sassy taqueria waitress, an uptight academic, and a free-spirited Texan, all united in their love for monarchs, to join her quest. Rally for Luz as she makes discoveries about friendship, family, and independence in this celebration of womanhood and nature.

Folly Beach, by Dorothea Benton Frank ($26, Harper Collins, June 2011)
In her latest novel, Dottie Frank twines together two stories unified by their blissful beach setting. Cate Cooper, left reeling by her husband’s death and her mansion’s foreclosure, returns to her hometown, Folly Beach, to live in a cottage named the Porgy House. There, she dives into the early 20th-century world of Dorothy and DuBose Heyward, learning about the writers and their romance, as well as herself, along the way. Complete with Frank’s characteristic wit and lovable characters, Folly Beach inspires an appreciation of the Lowcountry’s beauty and the resilience of love.

The Trust, by Sean Keefer ($17, Old Line Publishing, January 2011)
Charleston attorney Sean Keefer published his first novel this January, inaugurating a series chronicling the caseload of unpretentious Broad Street attorney Noah Parks. Navigating the intrigue that unfolds when Parks takes on the task of settling the $90-million estate of an enigmatic transplanted Midwesterner is an entertaining adventure through Charleston landmarks. And the fact that The Trust was a 2011 National Honorable Mention award-winner in the Hollywood, California-based Beach Book Festival certainly bodes well.

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