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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Frank, Dorothea Benton.

Sullivan’s Island : a Lowcountry tale / Dorothea Benton Frank.

—Berkley trade pbk. ed.

p. cm.

ISBN: 1-4295-2679-3

1. Sullivan’s Island (S.C. : Island)—Fiction. 2. Women—South

Carolina—Fiction. 3. Mothers and daughters—Fiction. 4. South

Carolina—Fiction. 5. Sisters—Fiction. I. Title.

PS3556.R3338S85 2004



For my dear friend and mentor, Mary Kuczkir.

And for Ella Wright, who was my Livvie.






1. The Porch


2. The Outhouse


3. The Lawyer


4. Beth


5. Livvie


6. First Dates


7. Hurricane Denise


8. Hurricane Maybelline


9. The Aftermath


10. Write Away


11. Tipa


12. Hank


13. Taking Control


14. Thanksgiving 1963


15. Thanksgiving 1999


16. Operating in the Christmas Theater


17. Christmas 1963


18. Simon


19. School


20. Lowcountry Magic




Authors Note



would like to thank the following wonderful people

who helped me at every stage of developing this crazy

I tale of mine.

Special thanks to my McInerny cousins, Michael and Mary

Jo and Father Larry, who helped me remember so much and set

the tone with their hilarious stories of crabbing and being disci-

plined by the nuns of Stella Maris Grammar School. Also my

Blanchard cousins, Judy Linder and Laura. I love every smart

and funny bone in their bodies!

Speaking of the nuns, I’d like to acknowledge Sister Miriam,

my old principal at Stella Maris; Father Kelly, my principal at

Bishop England High School; and oh, Lord, Sister Rosaire, my

biology teacher; all of whom told me that my sassy mouth and

lack of personal discipline would bring me to no good someday.

If they hadn’t beaten the guilt into me, they would’ve been right.

But it was Stephen Spade, my tenth-grade English teacher, who

taught me to love the cadence of words. God bless them all.


A c k n o w l e d g m e n t s

Robert and Susan Rosen deserve a huge acknowledgment

for all their legal and historic facts and research recommenda-

tions. Robert is only the funniest historian on the planet, who

has written many brilliant books on Charleston.And also to my

e-mail author buddy, Julie Dash. Julie, you were so much help

on Gullah history, you just don’t know. If you like the Gullah

flavor in this book and haven’t read Daughters of the Dust, go get

it! (Okay, Julie and Robert, now y’all owe me!) I’d also like to

thank author and historian Suzannah Smith Miles for answering

all my questions with such grace. And to Morris Dees, of the

Southern Poverty Law Center, many thanks for your help as


Everyone should have friends like Dan and Corky Gaby. It

was their support and faith that led me to attempt this. Many

thanks, y’all. I’d also like to send kisses to the members of my

book group, especially Adrian Shelby, Ruth Perretti, Cherry

Provost and Jean Kidd, for living through the drama and push-

ing me forward.

Special thanks to Dr. John F. Noonan and poet Paul Genega

from Bloomfield College who put the official writer’s curse on

me and ruined my tennis game.

Many thanks to John McDermott of the Mount Pleasant

Knights of Columbus and Billy of Billy’s Back Home Restau-

rant. Also to my old friend Dr. George Durst, whose recollec-

tions inspired the fort scene.

To Gloria Steinem, Sean Byrne, Francesco Scavullo, Eric

Dominguez, Jim Vayias, Pamela Wallace, Lynn O’Hare, Meredith

Metz, Beth Grossbard, Clive and Ann Cummis and my L.A.

gurus, Marvin Meyer and Joel Gotler—sincere thanks for your

support. Alex Sanders, I believe you’re the kindest of all south-

ern gentlemen.

This book would be a rumor were it not for the regular

beatings, guidance and faith of the most wonderful editor on

earth—Gail Fortune—who helped me bring the story to life

and gave me this extraordinary opportunity to be a published

A c k n o w l e d g m e n t s


author.And rightfully, I bow in gratitude to Leslie Gelbman and

Liz Perl. It was my mentor and dear friend—Fern Michaels to

the world, Mary Kuczkir to me—who kept me going. To Pam

Strickler and Russell Galen, many thanks. And let us not forget

my new friend, the fabulous Matthew Rich, who helped me get

my act together. To my dear friend Linda Lauren who always

said this was in the cards, thank you, doll face, for your unending

support.And to my wonderful and forgiving sister, Lynn Bagnal.

Lynn, this is fiction, I swear it is. To my brothers, their lovely

wives, and anyone else related to me or anyone I have ever

known, I’d like to apologize for any embarrassment this story

may cause.

Finally, to my family—my beautiful daughter,Victoria, and

my gorgeous son, William, thank you for understanding why I

turned the house upside down to do this. It’s just your mom,

trying to live her dream.And, to my magnificent husband, Peter,

who practically walks on water, who ate take-out for two years

and just told me to keep going: I want the world to know how

grateful I am to you for believing in me. I love you all to your

last freckle.

Sullivan’s Island


A L o w c o u n t r y T a l e


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