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Summary

Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.


Author Notes

Novelist Anne Rivers Siddons was born in Fairburn, Georgia in 1936. She studied at Auburn University in Alabama and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

Siddons was an editor and columnist for the Auburn Plainsman, senior editor for Atlanta magazine and worked in advertising.

Her treatment of the South in her novels often earns comparisons to Margaret Mitchell. One of her books, Peachtree Road, won her Georgia author of the year honors (1988). Her novels include: Sweetwater Creek, Off Season and Burnt Mountain. In 2014 her title, The Girls of August, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Maddy, Rachel, Barbara, and Melinda met when their husbands were in medical school and started a tradition of spending a week at a beach house every August that lasted until Melinda died in an automobile accident. Years later, when Melinda's husband remarries, they invite his new wife, a ditzy twentysomething nicknamed Baby, to join them and end up at her family's home on the South Carolina coast. Petty jealousy is the reigning emotion, and Baby makes a point of flaunting her youth and beauty and playing up the fact that the other women are old enough to be her mother. Making matters worse, each of the women has a life-changing secret. Their anguish boils over during a storm, and all four must come together to survive. Siddons' (Burnt Mountain, 2011) latest is a thoughtful portrait of women in crisis, the three older of them faced with an all-too-vivid reminder that they're aging while the youngest matures, thanks to their shared experience, and all recognize that friendship is a sustaining force. Siddons' many fans will feel right at home with this emotionally gripping, beach-themed read.--Donohue, Nanette Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Each summer four women gather for their ritual week of relaxation at a beach house, every year choosing a new location. All are wives of medical students when they begin vacationing together. The annual trip is suspended when one of the friends dies in a tragic accident. Stunned, the group slowly drifts apart, allowing time and their differences to create a rift. When plucky "Baby," who is half the age of the other ladies, marries into the crew, she attempts to reestablish the August ritual. A remote beach house on a barrier island off South Carolina's coast brings adventures of all sorts, and fresh emotions surface. The friends must come to terms with their differences and find a sense of unity in the midst of health issues, marital conflict, and infertility. VERDICT Southern fiction fans who love a solid beach read will find much to enjoy in Siddons's latest, which mixes a fun vacation tale with well-drawn characters and emotional depth. [See Prepub Alert, 1/26/14.]-Julia M. Reffner, Fairport, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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