Up Island

by Anne Rivers Siddons

On Sale: 05/19/2009

Up Island

by Anne Rivers Siddons

On Sale: 05/19/2009

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About the Book

“A wonderful story. . . .Siddons has returned to what she does best: gives us a book full of laughter and adventure that has enough soul to leave us with something to think about after we finish reading.”  — Detroit News/Free Press

From childhood, Molly Bell Redwine was taught by her charismatic, domineering mother that "family is everything." But no one warned Molly that family can change unexpectedly. In rapid succession, her husband of more than twenty years abandons her for a younger woman, her mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters to the four winds. Molly is set adrift in a heartbeat.

With her old world crumbling, Molly takes refuge with a friend on Martha's Vineyard, hoping to come to terms with who she truly is. When the summer season ends, Molly decides to stay on, renting a small cottage on a remote up-island pond—becoming part of an odd, new, very real family that taxes her old outworn notions. And as the long Vineyard winter approaches, Molly braces herself for the arduous task she must undertake: a search for renewal and identity, and the strength to carry her through to the warm and healing spring.

Critical Praise

“Here’s what you get when you read an Anne Rivers Siddons book: you get the full treatment, long sense of history, an intimate knowledge of society and the way it works and the way it breaks your heart. You learn things about men and women that you wished you never knew; yet her subject always remains the human heart in all its intricate beauty and capacity for disaster.” — Pat Conroy (from the Southern Voices Awards Dinner at the Hoover Library, Birmingham, AL, Feb. 21, 1997)

“Trying to pick a favorite Anne Rivers Siddons novel is like trying to choose between spring fever and autumn crispness, but that’s a pleasant quandary for readers: Her books just keep getting better.” — The State (Columbia, S.C.)

“Anne Rivers Siddons might be described as the living doyenne of tasteful women’s summer fiction.” — USA Today

“Exciting …A wonderful story…Keeps you turning pages…Siddons has returned to what she does best: give us a book full of laughter and adventure that has enough soul to leave us with something to think about after we finish reading.” — Detroit News/Free Press

“Siddons is unerring in her portrayal of the Southern Betrayed Wife and her plight …[and] makes us read on and on.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“If you’ve ever lived in the South, Anne Rivers Siddons’s latest book will take you home again.” — USA Today

“An emotionally truthful, satisfying story…Siddons creates convincing and sympathetic characters.” — Orlando Sentinel

“Heartrending …Old and new Siddons readers will undoubtedly delight in Molly’s charisma and humor and admire her willingness to create a new family and life.” — Southern Living

“Particularly well told …Take this book on your vacation this summer. It’s a perfect beach read.” — Florida Times-Union

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061715716
  • ISBN 10: 0061715719
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 05/19/2009
  • Pages: 448
  • List Price:18.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Southern

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