Mary Alice Monroe to appear at Summerville library

  • Thursday, June 12, 2014

Photo Provided Mary Alice Monroe’s newest book is “Summer Wind.”

New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe will appear at the George H. Seago branch of the Dorchester County Library on June 14 to discuss her latest work, “Summer Wind,” the second novel in her Lowcountry Summer Trilogy.

The 2 p.m. event benefits Friends of the Summerville Library.

Tickets are $25 through June 14. Tickets can be purchased at the main desk at the library, and the price includes a paperback copy of “Summer Wind.”

“Summer Wind,” set for release in June 2014, follows the best-selling first installment of the series, “The Summer Girls.” The second novel continues the complex relationships of three estranged half sisters who come together at their grandmother’s request to her summer home on Sullivan’s Island.

In their eventful summer, they struggle to find direction and rediscover their connections to one another. While all the sisters are major characters in both novels, one sister emerges as the main focus in each novel. The oldest sister, Dora, is the center of “Summer Wind.”

Like the beloved dolphin Delphine, who has been sent to Florida to heal from injuries incurred after she becomes entangled in fishing line on the dock, Dora has been trapped in a wounding marriage. Also like Delphine, Dora’s sorrows cause her to retreat inwardly.

Not until Dora embraces love from her sisters and grandmother as well as the admiration of Delvin, a man from her past, does she begin to welcome life.

As in most of her novels, Monroe creates important environmental significance in “Summer Wind.” Through her development of parallel plots and emotions with animal and human characters, she draws attention to the troubling circumstances surrounding Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins.

Approximately 50 percent of these dolphins are ill (in part from the morbillivirus), and Monroe’s sensitive and absorbing presentation of Delphine creates a sincere empathy in the reader for these beautiful and brilliant creatures.

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