Last night I finished The Land of Mango Sunsets, by Dorothea Benton Frank. It was a pleasant diversion. I didn’t LOVE it but I enjoyed the quirky characters and the juxtaposition of Manhattan life to a small beach town in South Carolina. The story is of a middle-aged divorcée trying to make sense of her life. Her “friends” have disappeared along with the divorce, her relationships with her sons and their wives are strained, and she’s essentially lost for a bit but finds herself again. It’s a story of self-discovery and rebirth. It is incredibly predictable but the fun characters make it worth reading even though you know where it’s going. The descriptions of Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina, in the Charleston area, are compellingly beautiful and make me think we might consider that area next time we are due for transfer. You never know. 🙂
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
~ Frederick Douglass