by Anne Rivers Siddons

On Sale: 12/28/2004


by Anne Rivers Siddons

On Sale: 12/28/2004


About the Book

“Anne Rivers Siddons’s novels are women’s stories in the best sense, pulling you into the internal landscape of her characters’ lives and holding you there.” – People

A poignant novel of the love that unites us and the secrets that drive us apart, Islands is New York Times bestselling author Anne Rivers Siddons at her lyrical best—a glorious evocation of the people and the place she knows so well.

Anny Butler is a caretaker, a nurturer, first for her own brothers and sisters, and then as a director of an agency devoted to the welfare of children. What she has never had is a real family. That changes when she meets and marries Lewis Aiken, an exuberant surgeon fifteen years older than Anny. When they marry, she finds her family—not a traditional one, but a group of Charleston childhood friends who are inseparable, who are one another's surrogate family. They are called the Scrubs, and they all, in some way, have the common cord of family.

Instantly upon meeting them at the old beach house on Sullivan's Island, which they co-own, Anny knows that she has found home and family. They vow that, when the time comes, they will find a place where they can live together by the sea.

Bad things begin to happen—a hurricane, a fire, deaths—but still the remaining Scrubs cling together. They are watched over and bolstered by Camilla Curry, the heart and core of their group, always the healer. Anny herself allows Camilla to enfold and to care for her. It is the first time she has felt this kind of love and support.

Critical Praise

“One of her best novels to date. . . . A beautifully detailed evocation of privileged lives.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“As always, Siddons writes with a graceful lushness, evoking the wild salt marshes of the coast and Charleston’s candlelit-drawing rooms with equal ease. . . . Good reading.” — Orlando Sentinel

“Anne Rivers Siddons’ settings and characters help readers fathom the [South’s] people and pockets of uniqueness that have survived an overlay of sameness. At the same time, she delivers riveting reads. Islands continues that tradition by offering readers the equivalent of leaving the lookalike interstate highway exits for human-scale rural roads of the mind.” — Denver Post

“Anne Rivers Siddons is a master at constructing a concrete framework and evoking a mood, particularly when her milieu is her beloved Low Country of South Carolina.” — Nashville Tennessean

“Readers [will] linger over Islands.” — Memphis Commercial Appeal

“Siddons fans will applaud this latest effort. It’s everything you want in entertaining, escape reading. . . . Islands perfectly captures the magic and atmosphere of Charleston. Many readers will identify with her characters, or, at the very least, be fascinated with a lifestyle that they may not experience but to which they aspire.” — Chattanooga Free Press

“Excellent. . . . wonderful, lyrical prose that sweeps and sings and soars.” — Publishers Weekly



Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061032059
  • ISBN 10: 0061032050
  • Imprint: HarperTorch
  • On Sale: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 496
  • List Price:11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Southern
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Family Life / Siblings

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