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The Land of Mango Sunsets | [Dorothea Benton Frank]

The Land of Mango Sunsets

Meet Miriam Elizabeth Swanson, in a full-blown snit, buoyed by a fabulous cast who run the gamut from insufferable to wonderful. Miriam spins out from the revolving door of her postured life as a Manhattan quasi-socialite while she thirsts - no, starves - for recognition. How did she become what she hates the most and what does she endure to realize it? And where are the answers? It takes a few spins, dips, and one spectacular fall before Miriam gets her head on straight.
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Publisher's Summary

Dorothea Benton Frank is one of America's most insightful writers, weaving highly addictive tales of the conundrums of life with hilarity and heat. Now, in the Land of Mango Sunsets, Frank gives us one woman's journey toward a hard-won truth: that life isn't always what it appears to be, and the sooner you realize that pride won't keep you warm at night, the happier you will be.

Meet Miriam Elizabeth Swanson, in a full-blown snit, buoyed by a fabulous cast who run the gamut from insufferable to wonderful. Miriam spins out from the revolving door of her postured life as a Manhattan quasi-socialite while she thirsts - no, starves - for recognition. How did she become what she hates the most and what does she endure to realize it? And where are the answers? It takes a few spins, dips, and one spectacular fall before Miriam gets her head on straight. Then, in a whoosh, she's off to the enchanted and mysterious land of Sullivans Island, deep in the low country of South Carolina.

Told straight from the heart in her vivid, highly entertaining style, The Land of Mango Sunsets just might be Frank's finest work to date. If you plan to listen to this book, don't make plans to do anything else for a while.

©2007 Dorothea Benton Frank; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Tommy Byers Rock Hill, S.C. 05-28-07
    Tommy Byers Rock Hill, S.C. 05-28-07
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    "Excellent read!"

    Being a Dorothea Benton Frank fan, this book did not disappoint! Great storyline around relationships with distant children, an ex-husband, her mother and friends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Maryville, TN, USA 06-13-07
    Kimberly Maryville, TN, USA 06-13-07
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    "awesome"

    If you like Dorothea Benton Frank's books, you will love this one also. She has her usual types of characters; the gay man who is her best friend, kids who aren't too close to her, etc. This is an excellent story of a woman finding herself and becoming comfortable with who she really is. Narrator is also excellent. This is one that you should get. If you like her others, you will like this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    KATHY United States 09-24-12
    KATHY United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Land of Mango Sunsets to be better than the print version?

    DID NOT READ IT. BUT IT IS NOT AS GOOD AS HER NEW ONE THE WITTNESS. IT IS GREAT. BUT TO HER CREDIT ALL OF HER BOOKS ARE GREAT.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dorothea Benton Frank? Why or why not?

    SHE IS A GREAT STORY TELLER. AND KEEP YOUR INTEREST FROM START TO FINISH.


    What about Nanette Savard’s performance did you like?

    GOOD..


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    Susan Oroville, CA, United States 04-25-09
    Susan Oroville, CA, United States 04-25-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Lovely story"

    This is a lovely story, the kind of book you want to just put the world on hold and lay in your lounge chair listening to it until it is done. The narrator did a great job of creating that Southern feel to the story. I loved it.

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    Melissa Wooster, OH, USA 08-14-08
    Melissa Wooster, OH, USA 08-14-08
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    "If you like a nice story..."

    I really enjoyed this story. I had a hard time getting into the audio book at first because it took me some time to adjust to the readers southern accent. But once I got used to the accent it was such a good listen. Dorthea Benton Frank is a favorite of mine.

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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 06-08-07
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 06-08-07 Member Since 2002

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    "Enjoyable listen"

    Many years ago I had the pleasure of living in coastal Georgia and the Carolinas. I am a beach bum at heart and I enjoy reading about the serenity the coastal lifestyle brings to people. I'll take the mid south beaches over Manhatten any time. The narrator started off sounding like she was from Tennesee but as the story progressed she must have visited further Southeast as her voice seemed to pick up a little more coastal accent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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