Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The cheesy dialogue combined with the "woman-loses-everything, moves back home to a simple-life-on-the-beach" story is totally rescued by an alternate storyline which makes this book worth reading. Said story is about real life playwrights Dorothy and DuBose Heyward, who together wrote the play "Porgy," & years later collaborated with George Gershwin on the large musical production of "Porgy and Bess." Gershwin, who usually gets all the kudos for the musical was merely the composer. DuBose, a poet, wrote the lyrics, while Dorothy was the unacknowledged real author and playwright. I enjoyed the easy-going South Carolina setting, was annoyed by the corny romance-novel theme, and fascinated by the history.
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