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THE LAND OF MANGO SUNSETS
by Dorothea Benton Frank

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Frank's lyrical tale brings to life the beauty of South Carolina's Low Country as one woman reconnects with family members and discovers what is truly important in her life. With multidimensional characters and a scintillating plotline, this novel will win the hearts of readers.

Miriam Swanson, a middle-aged divorcee living in Manhattan, has converted her house into apartments and supports herself on the rental income. She still aspires to her former place in New York society and continues her volunteer work. When she rents an apartment to Liz, a beautiful younger woman, she's appalled to discover that Liz is having an affair with the husband of one of Miriam's society acquaintances.

Miriam travels to South Carolina, to her mother's home on Sullivan's Island, and is surprised to discover that the former society matron has become very environmentally conscious, growing her own vegetables and crocheting her own fishing nets. Miriam meets Harrison Ford, an attractive friend of her mother's, who seems to delight in flirting with Miriam. As she re-establishes her relationship with her mother, she also reaches out to her estranged sons and discovers that the road to true happiness leads to a place she never expected. (Morrow, Apr., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Morrow

Published: April 2007

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