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The Whiskey Baron: John Sealy; The Last Original Wife: Dorothea Benton Frank


Friday - August 01, 2014


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With its unforgettable characters and evocative setting, Jon Sealy’s first novel, The Whiskey Baron (Hub City Press, 2014) is a gripping drama, set it South Carolina during Prohibition, about family ties and bad choices, about the folly of power and the limitations of the law. Sealy has been hailed as a “grand new talent” (Bret Lott) and a “significant new voice in Southern fiction” (Ron Rash). He joins Dr. Edgar to talk about his book, and about what it takes to write and publish a “first novel” today.

And, Dorothea Benton Frank joins us to talk about The Last Original Wife (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2014), which was recently published in paperback. The last original wife of the title is Leslie Anne Greene, the lone remaining first spouse in her husband's circle of friends. It only takes a relatively minor accident to snap her to the realization that what had seemed like a singular mark of distinction had become over the span of years a hollow symbol. To retrieve and replenish her life, she retreats to the pristine sands of South Caroline's shores. There she finds more than she ever imagined. A classic summer vacation read from the inimitable Dorothea Benton Frank.


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