Summer in the South

Summer in the South

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Cathy Holton, author of the popular Beach Trip , returns with an intriguing and mysterious tale of dark deeds and family secrets in a small Southern town.

After a personal tragedy, Chicago writer Ava Dabrowski quits her job to spend the summer in Woodburn, Tennessee, at the invitation of her old college friend Will Fraser and his two great-aunts, Josephine and Fanny Woodburn. Her charming hosts offer Ava a chance to relax at their idyllic ancestral estate, Woodburn Hall, while working on her first novel. 

But Woodburn is anything but quiet: Ancient feuds lurk just beneath its placid surface, and modern-day rivalries emerge as Ava finds herself caught between the competing attentions of Will and his black-sheep cousin Jake. Fascinated by the family's impressive history--their imposing house filled with treasures, and their mingling with literary lions Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner--Ava stumbles onto rumors about the darker side of the Woodburns' legacy. Putting aside her planned novel, she turns her creative attentions to the eccentric and tragic clan, a family with more skeletons (and ghosts) in their closets than anyone could possibly imagine. As Ava struggles to write the true story of the Woodburns, she finds herself tangled in the tragic history of a mysterious Southern family whose secrets mirror her own. 
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780345506016
Branch Call Number: HOLT
Characteristics: 340 p. ; 25 cm

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Junebug84 Aug 10, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I love stories about the South; all of the food, history, culture and sweet tea that you could possibly want is at your fingertips. In this case, the story evolved by describing the past of the Woodburn's, a prominent family in Tennessee that the protagonist, Ava visits. Ava has been friends with Will Woodburn all through college and she receives the perfect opportunity to go down there and write, per Will's request. She stays at the Woodburn family estate, writing her novel and slowly unraveling all of the ghosts and skeletons in the Woodburn family closet. In between writing and playing Nancy Drew, Ava becomes interested in Jake, the blapasck sheep in the small town.
This book is about discovery, passion, heartbreak, disappointment, but most of all discovering the life you were born to lead.

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