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Anne Rivers Siddons's New York Times bestselling novel about four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer.
For fifteen years, four "girls of August" would gather together to spend a week at the beach, until tragedy interrupts their ritual. Now they reunite for a startling week of discoveries.
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 uncover secrets that will change them in ways they never expected.
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Anne Rivers Siddons. (2014). The Girls of August. Grand Central Publishing.

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        THE GIRLS OF AUGUST is Anne Rivers Siddons's 19th novel. Her previous bestselling novels include Burnt Mountain, Off Season, Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King's Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox's Earth, The House Next Door, and Heartbreak Hotel. She is also the author of a work of nonfiction, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their home in Charleston, SC and Brooklin, ME. For more information, visit www.anneriverssiddons.net.

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Anne Rivers Siddons's New York Times bestselling novel about four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer.
For fifteen years, four "girls of August" would gather together to spend a week at the beach, until tragedy interrupts their ritual. Now they reunite for a startling week of discoveries.
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 uncover secrets that will change them in...
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Anne Rivers Siddons's New York Times bestselling novel about four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer.
For fifteen years, four "girls of August" would gather together to spend a week at the beach, until tragedy interrupts their ritual. Now they reunite for a startling week of discoveries.
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 uncover secrets that will change them in ways they never expected.
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        June 15, 2014
        Three old friends and one newbie try to revive a vacation tradition, with mixed results.The self-styled Girls of August are an intrepid band of doctors' wives who have gotten together for annual summer sprees ever since Cornelia-the rich, blonde consort of party-animal physician Teddy-invited them to share her beach retreat. None of the other "girls"-Rachel, Barbara and narrator Maddy-actually liked Cornelia, but no matter; Teddy soon replaced her with the more copacetic Melinda. For the past three years, ever since Melinda's tragic accidental death-Teddy was drunk at the wheel-the girls have stayed home, but then this summer, Baby, Teddy's 20-something third wife, entices them to familiar Siddons territory, the South Carolina barrier islands. Baby's opulent home is located on the deserted and fictional Tiger Island, virtually unpopulated except for a resident enclave of Gullah people. Gloriously incommunicado (the only cellphone having met its demise), the women drink, cook delicious meals and swim. But problems soon surface: Maddy suffers from intermittent nausea, Rachel almost drowns, and Barbara seems to be sliding into serious alcoholism. Baby is the source of much humor and rue among the 40-ish women: Not only is she blonde and independently wealthy like her predecessor, Cornelia, she enjoys flaunting her nubile figure by skinny-dipping. Perhaps to escape all the perimenopausal sarcasm, Baby disappears for long stretches. Is she having an affair with handsome Gullah fisherman Earl or merely plotting revenge? Someone removes the screen from Barbara's window, letting in stinging bugs, and Maddy's bed collapses one night. Has it all devolved into the middle-aged Southern version of summer camp farce? Nothing unpredictable or challenging can survive the many cliches-the wise and vaguely mystical Gullahs, the stereotypically airheaded trophy wife and the other characters who somehow lack the mettle of Steel Magnolias but who might qualify as copper or tin.A slight bagatelle in which even the weightiest topics are sloughed off like suntan lotion in a tropical rainstorm.

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        June 1, 2014
        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.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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        February 15, 2014

        "The Girls of August": four women who have vacationed together at the beach (in a different house each summer) from the time their husbands were in medical school. They spin apart when one dies tragically, but a new marriage brings them together again for a heartfelt reunion on one of South Carolina's barrier islands. Classic beach reading.

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        June 1, 2014

        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

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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