Stiltsville

Susanna Daniel, Author
Susanna Daniel, Harper, $24.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-0619-6307-0
Reviewed on: 06/14/2010
Release date: 08/01/2010
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-06-200548-9
Paperback - 306 pages - 978-0-06-196308-7
Hardcover - 517 pages - 978-1-4104-3384-8
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With its lush flora and constant sun, South Florida is the true star of Daniel's exquisite debut, which follows a marriage over the course of 30 years. In 1969, having traveled from Atlanta to Miami for a college friend's wedding, 26-year-old Frances Ellerby meets glamorous Miami native Marse Heiger, who introduces her to Dennis DuVals and his house on stilts in Biscayne Bay. Though Marse has set her cap for Dennis, he and Frances fall in love and marry within a year. "I had no idea then," Frances says, "what would happen to my love, what nourishment it would receive, how mighty it would grow." Dennis and Frances have a daughter, Margo, buy a house in Coral Gables, and their life together proceeds as a series of ups and downs, beautifully told from Frances's pensive, sharp perspective. As the years pass and Miami changes, so do Frances, Dennis, and Margo, and the nuances of their relationships shift and realign, drawing inexorably toward a moving resolution. (Aug.)
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