When an emotional hurricane blows through their lives, testing them in ways they never thought possible, 23-year-old Ashley Anne Waters, her mother Liz and Maisie, the family matriarch, must turn to each other for strength and support as the bonds they share are ultimately transformed. (general fiction). Simultaneous. - (Baker & Taylor)
When an emotional hurricane blows through their lives, testing them in ways they never thought possible, twenty-three-year-old Ashley Anne Waters, her mother Liz, and Maisie, the family matriarch, must turn to each other for strength and support. - (Baker & Taylor)
Hurricane season begins early and rumbles all summer long, well into September. Often people's lives reflect the weather and The Hurricane Sisters is just such a story.
The matriarch, Maisie Pringle, is a force to be reckoned with. Her daughter, Liz, is caught up in the classic maelstrom of middle age. And Liz's beautiful twenty-something daughter, Ashley, and her dreamy ambitions for the future keep them all at odds.
Ashley's brother, Ivy, is her fierce champion but he can't do much from San Francisco where he resides with his partner. And even Mary Beth, her dearest friend, can't talk headstrong Ashley out of a relationship with an ambitious politician.
While Ashley and Mary Beth wait for the world to deliver them from a ramen-based existence, they come up with a harebrained scheme to make money that could land them in huge trouble.
With her scintillating wit and crisp insight, Frank captures how a complex family of disparate characters and their close friends can overcome anything through the power of love and reconciliation.
In Frank's fourteenth South Carolina novel (Porch Lights, 2012), prominent, conservative Charlestonians Liz and Clayton Waters are none too happy with their family. Never mind the constant antics of Liz's octogenarian mother, Maisie, and her boy-toy, live-in companion, Skipper. Their exuberant daughter, Ashley, refuses to pursue either a meaningful career or a potential husband, harboring instead dreams of being a celebrated artist. Meanwhile, their son, Ivy (for Clayton Waters IV), is a hip, San Francisco men's clothier, along with James, his Asian business- and life-partner. 'Nuff said. Each hypercritical parent manages to cope in his or her own way: Liz, by running a battered-women's shelter; Clayton, by running off to Manhattan and having an illicit affair. But when Skipper suffers a stroke and Ashley is brutally attacked by a seemingly merely smarmy state senator, Liz and Clayton rally to their sides and rediscover the strength and solace only a strong family can provide. Hidden beneath Frank's trademark buoyant and breezy Low Country patois is a passionate exposé of South Carolina's alarming problem with domestic abuse. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Take a trip down to the Carolina Low Country in Frank's (Sullivan's Island) latest novel, featuring three generations of women and their experiences with love, trust, and the unbreakable bond of family. Ashley is in her mid-20s, struggling to explore her passion as an artist while remaining afloat financially through an illegal business venture. Her mother, Liz, is so busy helping abused women and children that she cannot face the reality that her marriage is crumbling and her son is gay. Grandma Maisie, a spit-and-vinegar octogenarian, moves in with a younger man and sets the family's world on fire with her hard-earned wisdom and wit. But when Ashley gets involved with an aggressive politician, the family must ditch the drama and rally to keep her safe. VERDICT With a host of subplots and constant foreshadowing, this multigenerational title falls somewhat short. While it would serve as a quick summer read and does include valuable information about domestic violence, the rotating point-of-view narrative style results in a lack of depth and leaves the reader wanting more. [See Prepub Alert, 1/6/14.]—Chelsie Harris, San Diego Cty. Lib.
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