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THE GIRLS OF AUGUST
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Siddons’ novel could have definitely used an epilogue. This reviewer was desperate to find out the fate of the characters — which is a testament to how much the story holds one’s attention. The story could have been stronger if all of the characters were able to insert their point of view, but there is a natural flow that makes it easy to lose yourself in the comings and goings of these four women.
Melinda Patterson, Madison McCauley, Rachel Greene and Barbara Fowler bonded over their husbands all being residential doctors. To cement their bond, the four women have rented a beach house for a week in August every year for the past 15 years. When Melinda dies in a car accident, the other women drift apart, consumed in their own grief. After Teddy Patterson remarries to a young woman nicknamed “Baby,” he encourages the Girls of August to rekindle and accept his new wife into the fold. They reluctantly stay at Baby’s family’s beach house and try to put back the pieces of their friendship. (GRAND CENTRAL, Jul., 240 pp., $27.00)
Reviewed By: B. Nakia Garner
Publisher: GRAND CENTRAL
Published: July 2014