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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rivers Siddons Narrator: Dana Ivey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780060879051
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From childhood, Molly Bell Redwine was taught “family is everything.” Yet, suddenly, she discovers that family can change without warning, when her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters.

Feeling adrift and devastated, Molly takes refuge with a friend on Martha’s Vineyard, a temporary respite that becomes much more. As her stay up island widens the distance between herself and the past, Molly begins to become part of a stranger new world, a world that offers healing, renewal, and an unexpected second chance at happiness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Siddons at her best.”

    USA Today

  • “Wonderful.”

    Detroit News-Free Press

  • “Get ready for a treat…Every bit as good as Colony, her newest contribution to the literary world helps define the modern family…For Anne Rivers Siddons fans who have been waiting for another novel that lives up to Siddons’ reputation, Up Island is it.”

    Spartanburg(SC) Herald-Journal 

  • Up Island is a fractal of a book: complicated but ultimately satisfying as only the completion of a pattern can be. Intelligent and insightful, it is good story tenderly told.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “As with most of Siddons’ heroines, Molly is an engaging woman who battles successfully with adversity and remains unsinkable. The author’s fans will be delighted with her latest novel and its setting.”

    School Library Journal

  • “What has seemed at first an unbearable burden transforms Molly in ways she couldn't have imagined…This beaten-down housewife’s journey to self-reliance and happiness has surprising quirks, lively characters, and actual feeling.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 2/15/2014

    " Actually, more of a 2.5. Didn't care for her writing style, but story was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/7/2014

    " Good, pleasant, read. Nice to be absorbed in a good, old novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/5/2014

    " Really enjoyed it. Shows a family can be anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/4/2014

    " Not great literature, but a good read. Love the dog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Ratkowski | 1/30/2014

    " The woman I work for introduced me to this author..... I enjoyed reading this and think that I will definitely be reading some of her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 1/23/2014

    " I thought the main character was a bit mopey and overly depressed, I kept thinking "get over it already" to myself. Still not a bad story and I enjoy the author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 1/22/2014

    " This book annoyed me for some reason. I finished it as it was a quick read, but it was just so odd and depressing at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 1/15/2014

    " An okay story. Simple. Basic. Typical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie Jones | 11/26/2013

    " My first time to read this author and loved the book. Just when I thought I had figured out the story, something new was introduced. Not what I was expecting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/25/2013

    " My first Siddons book; I liked the plot and the characters but my Lord she is wordy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauretta | 10/29/2013

    " I listened to the audiobook "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 10/9/2013

    " Well written and enjoyable. Gives you something to think about after reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Schanck | 9/24/2013

    " This was not your typical love story, if it can be considered that. But I found it to be a interesting read. I wish she would write a sequal to it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 6/3/2013

    " I'm not usually a mass-market paperback kind of girl, but I read this book during the summer that I spent on Martha's Vineyard, which is also where the book is set. Very apropos, wouldn't you say? It's been ten years, so I barely remember the book now, but I remember thinking it was fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lillian | 12/4/2012

    " i cared more about the swans than i did the characters. not too sure WHY i made myself finish it? guess i kept waiting for that A-ha moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 7/30/2012

    " Author sets all these books in the Carolina Low Country, my favorite place on earth. I can hear the slow drawl of this part of the south and smell the ocean as I read her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 6/23/2012

    " One of this author's better books, although my husband made fun of it when we listened to it as a book on tape (I had previously read it but forgotten a lot of it). Interesting to learn a little about people who live in northern Maine, since I know nothing about that part of the US. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 6/5/2012

    " Really like this audio book. The reader was really great and fit the character so well. I couldn't wait to get back into my car every day to hear more but didn't want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 5/4/2012

    " One of the most charming books I have read. I actually laughed out loud. The characters are endearing and she draws you into their lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 4/30/2012

    " Enjoyed that it took place on Marthas Vineyard! and just loved the story SO MUCH!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B. Lynn Goodwin | 2/14/2012

    " Siddons' descriptions are exquisite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope Leeper | 11/28/2011

    " Nice book about how we can make our own "families." Well written. I have a couple more of her books on my shelves and I look forward to reading them, although I will probably read something else in between. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 9/21/2011

    " The book was okay. The beginning, I thought was very slow and dull. It did pick up a little...enough to hold my interest to finish the book. It was a very slow reading. I definitely like her other book better..Islands. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginnie Leiner | 9/21/2011

    " Love her stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 9/13/2011

    " Molly Redwine has a year of change and upheaval. Her husband, Tee, confesses an affair and asks for a divorce. Molly retreats to Martha's Vineyard to recover after her mother's death adds to her grief. Interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/11/2011

    " A lovely book about relationships. One of my favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crestina | 4/5/2011

    " A surprisingly good read. I did not expect to read it in just three days considering that the author is not familiar to me. I like the dialogue and the flow of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kori | 1/12/2011

    " My favorite Ann River Siddons book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassy | 7/8/2010

    " An uplifting, some-what comically written, story about finding yourself and making it through tough times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 5/10/2010

    " Nice book about how we can make our own "families." Well written. I have a couple more of her books on my shelves and I look forward to reading them, although I will probably read something else in between. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shellie | 4/8/2010

    " I just seriously don't get why so many women read romance novels. I'm sorry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 3/2/2010

    " Siddons, as usual, delivers a likeable tale of well-drawn characters. A great relationship read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 2/25/2010

    " Well written and enjoyable. Gives you something to think about after reading. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Rivers Siddons

Anne Rivers Siddons is a New York Times bestselling author who she has written works such as Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King’s Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox’s Earth, and Heartbreak Hotel. Her novel The House Next Door was made into a made-for-television movie starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Colin Ferguson, and Lara Flynn Boyle. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their homes in South Carolina and Maine.

About the Narrator

Dana Ivey was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and then received a Fulbright grant to study drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was a member of the Phi Mu sorority at Rollins College. She received an Honorary Doctorate (Humane Letters) from Rollins College in February 2008. She made her Broadway debut playing two small roles in a 1981 production of Macbeth. She has appeared in many film and television roles. Recently Ivey was in the Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest as Lady Bracknell.