Full disclosure: Long-time fan, as in read every book by DBF, and ardent admirer of this author who I had the pleasure of meeting a few times. Also, I was provided an advance copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I tried really hard to be unbiased but truth is I was moved and brought to tears reading these personal stories, memories and heart-felt tributes.
Reunion Beach was the chosen name for her next novel. Instead, it is a most unique collection of loving memories, stories and poems inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank. With an introduction by her daughter, Victoria, an afterword by her son, William, it also includes her husband Peter’s speech given at Dot’s Celebration of Life. More than a book you will read, it is more a feeling you will experience...that to know her was to love her and you will wish you were lucky enough to be her friend or family but ever so thankful she wrote so many books.
Highlights were many in this anthology. She tells about the night she and her husband met Gore Vidal in a New York bar. Dot had a question for him and very much wanted to meet him.
Her three “Letters to Her Readers” are precious and meaningful.
Ein Hilderbrand contributes ten chapters that follow the characters from her bestseller “Summer of ‘69” ten years later.
Adriana Trigiani’s “Postcards From Heaven” has Pat Conroy meeting up with Dorothea in heaven for dinner and drinks and reminiscing of good times in the Lowcountry.
Mary Alice Monroe has a "short story" that one can hope may turn into a novel. I was hooked.
The final entry written by her son, William Frank, is a warm and touching tribute to his mother, filled with love, respect and admiration.
And there is much more. This tribute book is a must read for Dot Frank fans and all fans of women’s southern fiction
In this warm and moving anthology, a group of bestselling authors and writers pay tribute to legendary, larger-than-life New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank and her literary legacy.
Inspired by the title Dorothea Benton Frank planned for her next book—Reunion Beach—these close friends and colleagues channeled their creativity, admiration, and grief into stories and poems that celebrate this remarkable woman and her abiding love for the Lowcountry of her native South Carolina—a land of beauty, history, charm, and Gullah magic she so brilliantly brought to life in her acclaimed novels.
From Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author, a sequel to Summer of ’69.
From Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author, comes a heartwarming, humorous interview from the hereafter with Pat Conroy and Dorothea Benton Frank, two beloved icons of Southern literature.
From Patti Callahan, bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah, comes The Bridemaids, a story about a trip to the South Carolina beach.
From Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author, Mother and Child Reunion, a heartwarming story set under the warm South Carolina sun.
Reunion Beach also features letters, short stories, poems, and essays from:
Mary Norris, New York Times bestselling author and staff writer for The New Yorker
Cassandra King Conroy, bestselling and award-winning author of Tell Me A Story
Nathalie Dupree, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author
Marjory Wentworth, former Poet Laureate of South Carolina
Gervais Hagerty, author of In Polite Company
Jacqueline Bouvier Lee, Peter Frank, Victoria Peluso, and William Frank
Infused with Dorothea Benton Frank’s remarkable spirit, Reunion Beach is a literary homage and beautiful keepsake that keeps this dearly missed writer’s flame burning bright.