Plantation

Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440678059
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New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank evokes a lush plantation in the heart of modern-day South Carolina—where family ties and hidden truths run as deep and dark as the mighty Edisto River. Caroline Wimbley Levine always swore she’d never go home again. But now, at her brother’s behest, she has returned to South Carolina to see about Mother—only to find that the years have not changed the Queen of Tall Pines Plantation. Miss Lavinia is as maddeningly eccentric as ever—and absolutely will not suffer the questionable advice of her children. This does not surprise Caroline. Nor does the fact that Tall Pines is still brimming with scandals and secrets, betrayals and lies. But she soon discovers that something is different this time around. It lies somewhere in the distance between her and her mother—and in her understanding of what it means to come home…

Sullivan S Island

Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780425193945
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In this debut novel set on the stormy, sultry coastal region of South Carolina, a woman with an unfaithful husband, resentful teenage daughter, and dark memories of the past embarks on a courageous search for the truth about her life. Reprint.

Gullah Ghosts

Author: Lynn Michelsohn
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781484023303
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Meet . . . ~ the shrieking spirit of Crab Boy lost forever to a fierce Murrells Inlet marsh creature . . . ~ an ingenious slave matching wits with his plantation owner . . . ~ the unique inhabitants of isolated Sandy Island in the Carolina Lowcountry . . . These are the "ghosts" of African-American Gullah culture once so alive on plantations along the coast above and below Charleston, South Carolina. This brief collection (10,000 words, seven illustrations, 84 pages in paperback) of charming Gullah folktales includes one actual ghost story, “Crab Boy's Ghost,” local history and folklore, and notes on Gullah history and culture. An excerpt from her book Lowcountry Ghosts is also included. These selections are also included in Lynn Michelsohn's longer collection, Tales from Brookgreen with its accounts of ghosts, romantic heroines, historical characters, and mysterious visitors to Murrells Inlet in the Lowcountry surrounding Charleston, South Carolina.

The Golden Christmas

Author: William Gilmore Simms
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781570036125
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Rife with historical details and peppered with comic characters, The Golden Christmas remains a timeless tale of South Carolina's rich holiday heritage. Originally published in 1852, William Gilmore Simms's classic lowcountry romance chronicles the social customs and Christmas traditions of an antebellum plantation near Charleston. Drawing influence from Romeo and Juliet and A Christmas Carol, Simms centers his plot on the pride of a Huguenot family, the prejudice of an English family, and the plight of star-crossed lovers, Ned Bulmer and Paula Bonneau as they attempt to win the blessings of both feuding houses amid a festive and frantic holiday season. Simms populates his novel with a lively cast - a learned Northern professor, a young English nobleman, opinionated widows, a blustery plantation owner, a condescending servant, a pig-thieving coachman, and a good-hearted barrister and narrator, Dick Cooper, in search of a bride himself. Interwoven into the text are engrossing details about the lavish decorations and festivities that were hallmark of Christmas celebrations in the antebellum South. Vibrant fireworks, candles nestled in holly, games of whist and backgammon, Yule logs, eggnog, and a visit from Father Chrystmasse all play their parts as the narrative unfolds. Here, to, are accurate descriptions of dress, dialogue, commerce, recreation, cultural mores, and social hierarchy including a vivid tableau of a shopping trip to Charleston's King, Queen, and Meeting streets in the 1850s.