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Susanna Daniel


On Sale Date: 08/03/2010
Print Run: 100,000
Format: Trade Paperback
320 pgs.
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 0061963070
ISBN 13: 9780061963070
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Ebook: 9780062005489

One sunny morning in 1969, near the end of her first trip to Miami, 26-year-old Frances Ellerby discovers a place called Stiltsville, a community of houses built on pilings in the middle of Biscayne Bay. For the Atlanta native, it’s the first time she’s been out on the open water, the first time she’s felt alive in months. Giddy with the freedom of this idyllic, foreign place, she meets the fair-haired Dennis DuVal, the careless yet lucky man with whom she will spend the next three decades. Over the years, they struggle with the vicissitudes of love and Florida’s weather, infidelity, parenthood, friendship, Hurricane Andrew, and debilitating illness—coming to terms, finally, with a life that doesn’t necessarily end happily-ever-after, but one which Frances wouldn’t trade for anything. In this knock-out debut, Susanna Daniel interweaves the tropical intensity, beauty, violence, and humanity of Miami as it comes of age with a marriage’s beginning, maturity, and heartbreaking demise.

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