Full of Grace

Full of Grace

Book - 2006
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"The rich atmosphere of South Carolina, Hilton Head and Charleston, is brought vividly to life by Dorothea Benton Frank, a South Carolina native who, with her exquisitely evocative prose, makes you smell the sea air, see the palmettos, and savor the sweet tea, but this time it comes with a side of antipasti. Hilton Head, a South Carolina retirement heaven -- at least it's supposed to be, but for Big Al and Connie Russo, the move from New Jersey to this southern paradise has been fraught with just a few complications. Especially for their daughter, Grace. Well, that's what she likes to be called. Her family insists on Maria Graziella. Seriously, enough with the Neapolitan. That might have been okay in New Jersey, but now it's just plain silly, and Grace at thirty-two is, horror of horrors, still unmarried. No wonder her family drives her crazy. Well, that and the fact that she's living with the man she would marry if they both weren't so commitment phobic. Michael is a doctor and a scientist and Grace is pretty sure he's also an atheist. Over the years, Grace has become a bit ambivalent about her faith, but her family is as old-fashioned Italian as they come. So the stage is set for a major showdown that just might change Grace's outlook on life, family, and the New South."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION FRA
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 16, 2019

Fast-paced, real characters, enjoyable!

Jul 31, 2013

Considering that this is about a large Catholic family, I found many of the people really mean spirited. Usually Frank pulls off an array of fun and quirky characters but I felt like she fell short on many levels. However, the first chapter by "Michael" is brilliant and the only reason I read to the end was to see more of that type of writing (but never found it).

May 25, 2012

Grace has moved in with her boyfriend, Michael, a non-practicing Irish Catholic, who does stem-cell research. What will her church-going, traditional Italian family think? This book is quite humourous at times but has serious moments as Michael is diagnosed with brain cancer. Read this for entertainment, if you want to eavesdrop on religious debates or if you like eccentrics. You'll meet some here.

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