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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,247 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothea Benton Frank Narrator: Nanette Savard Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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 until 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 Lowcountry 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] warming female-empowerment tale with a side order of southern magic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A memorable book.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brenda Cochario | 2/20/2014

    " Ok. I liked it but not as well as some of her previous books. Kind of predictable & sappy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Becky Morlok | 2/19/2014

    " My least favorite of all her books.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa Kayden | 2/7/2014

    " Good book, hadn't read her in a while, but this reminded me why I started in the first place. I prefer more of the southern parts in the book, since this took place mostly in New York, but still liked it a lot. Definitely recommend it, great beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Anne | 1/30/2014

    " This book started off pretty slow and at first the main character seems pretty shallow. I started reading it & couldn't get into it, so put it down and read something else. The second time I stuck with it and it grew on me as did the main character. Definitely not a heavy thought provoking read, but it was gratifying to see Miriam's transformation into Mellie with a much better value base. Good read to escape from the cold, wintery weather into the beaches of Sullivans Island. "

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