A big thank you to my friends at Wiliam Morrow who supplied this lovely trade paper copy of Dorthea Benton Frank's Lowcountry Summer. It just went on sale yesterday, you know. I haven't read it, but in a starred review, PW raved:
Here's one for the Southern gals as well as Yankees who appreciate Frank's signature mix of sass, sex, and gargantuan personalities. In this long-time-coming sequel to Plantation, opinionated and family-centric Caroline Wimbly Levine has just turned 47, but she's less concerned with advancing middle age than she is with son Eric shacking up with an older single mom. She's also dealing with a drunk and disorderly sister-in-law, Frances Mae; four nieces from hell; grieving brother Tripp; a pig-farmer boyfriend with a weak heart; and a serious crush on the local sheriff. Then there's Caroline's dead-but-not-forgotten mother, Miss Lavinia, whose presence both guides and troubles Caroline as she tries to keep her unruly family intact and out of jail. With a sizable cast of minor characters with major attitude, Frank lovingly mixes a brew of personalities who deliver nonstop clashes, mysteries, meltdowns, and commentaries; below the always funny theatrics, however, is a compelling saga of loss and acceptance. When Frank nails it, she really nails it, and she does so here.So, this giveaway is open to anyone with a US mailing address, 'cause I'm footing the shipping. In order to enter, please leave a comment below by noon Pacific on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (If at all possible, please restrict comments in this one thread to contest entries, thanks.) With the help of a random number generator, I'll pick a winner and announce the name here. Check back and get me a mailing address within one week's time or I'll draw an alternate winner. After that, it goes to my book group. If you're worried about forgetting to check back, do feel free to include an email address with your comment. I'll be sure to contact you that way.
So, I think that's most of the fine print. Good luck, and happy reading!