From childhood, Molly Bell Redwine was taught "family is everything." Yet, suddenly, she discovers that family can change without warning, when her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters.
Feeling adrift and devastated, Molly takes refuge with a friend on Martha's Vineyard, a temporary respite that becomes much more. As her stay up island widens the distance between herself and the past, Molly begins to become part of a stranger new world—a world that offers healing, renewal, and an unexpected second chance at happiness.
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Up Island chronicles the mass redemption of a unlikely group, thrown together by the vicissitudes of love and fate: "a six foot Southern Betrayed Wife and her widowed father and a senile old Portuguese lesbian and a one-legged schoolteacher and a mongrel dog and two aberrant swans..." As the novel begins, newly divorced Molly Redwine is in the market for some redemption. Battered and numb from loss, she comes to Martha's Vineyard to escape and heal if she can. For the next 300 pages, the story shuttles between Molly's heart, packed with pain, regret, and guilt, and the sea-licked open spaces of the island. By book's end, both places are terra cognita. There are family secrets, haunted dreams, and enough death to do Shakespeare proud--balanced delicately with small pleasures, kindness, and unbreakable bonds. Up Island is a fractal of a book: complicated but ultimately satisfying as only the completion of a pattern can be. Intelligent and insightful, it is good story tenderly told.About the Author:
Anne Rivers Siddons's bestselling novels include Nora, Nora; Sweetwater Creek; Islands; and Fox's Earth. She is also the author of the nonfiction work John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. She and her husband divide their time between Charleston, South Carolina, and Brooklin, Maine.
Dana Ivey has received two Tony® nominations and two Obie awards for her work on the New York stage; her film credits include The Addams Family and The Color Purple.
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