Summer in the South: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, May 24, 2011 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Cathy Holton, author of the popular Beach Trip, returns with an intriguing and mysterious tale of dark deeds and family secrets in a small Southern town.

After a personal tragedy, Chicago writer Ava Dabrowski quits her job to spend the summer in Woodburn, Tennessee, at the invitation of her old college friend Will Fraser and his two great-aunts, Josephine and Fanny Woodburn. Her charming hosts offer Ava a chance to relax at their idyllic ancestral estate, Woodburn Hall, while working on her first novel. 

But Woodburn is anything but quiet: Ancient feuds lurk just beneath its placid surface, and modern-day rivalries emerge as Ava finds herself caught between the competing attentions of Will and his black-sheep cousin Jake. Fascinated by the family’s impressive history—their imposing house filled with treasures, and their mingling with literary lions Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner—Ava stumbles onto rumors about the darker side of the Woodburns’ legacy. Putting aside her planned novel, she turns her creative attentions to the eccentric and tragic clan, a family with more skeletons (and ghosts) in their closets than anyone could possibly imagine. As Ava struggles to write the true story of the Woodburns, she finds herself tangled in the tragic history of a mysterious Southern family whose secrets mirror her own. 


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Ava Dabrowski is in a bad relationship, and has a job she doesn’t enjoy. After her mother’s death she’s feeling particularly alone in her Chicago apartment. So when an old college friend offers her a ... Read full review

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Too many characters to keep track of. Sometimes puzzled at the relationships. I found it disconcerting and distracting. It was an OK book but the theme was a little on the thin side. Two cousins fall ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
30
Section 4
54
Section 5
79
Section 6
85
Section 7
110
Section 8
132
Section 11
201
Section 12
213
Section 13
233
Section 14
253
Section 15
286
Section 16
299
Section 17
318
Section 18
337

Section 9
152
Section 10
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Section 19
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About the author (2011)

Cathy Holton is the author of Beach Trip, Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes and The Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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