Summer in the South

Summer in the South

Large Print - 2011
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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. Her charming hosts offer Ava a chance to relax and write at their idyllic ancestral estate, Woodburn Hall. But Ava soon learns that ancient feuds and modern rivalries lurk just beneath the estate's placid surface. 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 family's legacy and discovers a multitude of skeletons in their closets. As Ava struggles to write the story of the Woodburns, she finds herself tangled in the tragic history of a mysterious Southern family whose secrets mirror her own.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781611731873
1611731879
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT Holton 2011
Characteristics: 511 p. (large print) ; 23 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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