Beach Trip

Cathy Holton, Author . Ballantine $25 (406p) ISBN 978-0-345-50599-6

Break out the tissues, sunblock and margarita mix as four old friends reunite after 23 years for a beach party in Holton’s feast of Southern friendship (after The Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes ). Mel, Sara, Annie and Lola head out to Wild Dunes, a beachfront palace owned by Lola’s super-rich husband on exclusive Whale Head Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Spacy Lola is miserably married and leans heavily on medication to deal with her husband’s manipulations. Obsessive-compulsive Annie still broods over a college fling with a married professor even though she’s got a great husband. Social worker Sara still envies glamorous Mel, a witty crime novelist (I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is her latest) living in New York who’s unlucky in marriage. At 45, each stands at a familiar crossroads covered by many novels of the midlife-empowerment genre, but Holton refreshes the action with winning humor, especially with Mel, whose take-no-prisoners attitude inspires everyone to embrace their present and let the past go. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/23/2009
Release date: 05/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 406 pages - 978-0-345-50599-6
Paperback - 416 pages - 978-0-345-50600-9
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