A Novel

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A haunting southern tale of long-buried family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author ofUnder the Tuscan Sun and Under Magnolia

In her celebrated memoirs of life in Tuscany, Frances Mayes writes masterfully about people in a powerful and shaping place. InSwan, her first novel, she has created an equally intimate world, rich with striking characters and intriguing twists of fate, that hearkens back to her southern roots.

The Masons are a prominent but now fragmented family who have lived for generations in Swan, an edenic, hidebound small town in Georgia. AsSwan opens, a bizarre crime pulls Ginger Mason home from her life as an archeologist in Italy: The body of her mother, Catherine, a suicide nineteen years before, has been mysteriously exhumed. Reunited on new terms with her troubled, isolated brother J.J., who has never ventured far from Swan, the Mason children grapple with the profound effects of their mother's life and death on their own lives. When a new explanation for Catherine’s death emerges, and other closely guarded family secrets rise to the surface as well, Ginger and J.J. are confronted with startling truths about their family, a particular ordeal in a family and a town that wants to keep the past buried.

Beautifully evoking the rhythms and idiosyncrasies of the deep South while telling an utterly compelling story of the complexity of family ties,Swan marks the remarkable fiction debut of one of America’s best-loved writers.
A Guide for Reading Groups SWAN A Novel by Frances Mayes Author of the international bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun

Baker & Taylor
When the body of her mother, a suicide nineteen years earlier, is mysteriously exhumed, Ginger Mason returns to her small Georgia hometown and is reunited with her reclusive brother as dark secrets about their family begin to surface.

& Taylor

When the body of her mother, a suicide nineteen years earlier, is mysteriously exhumed, Ginger Mason returns to her small Georgia hometown from her life as an archaeologist in Italy and is reunited with her troubled, reclusive brother J. J., as dark secrets and startling truths about their family and their town begin to surface. A first novel. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780767902861
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAYES...F
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 22 cm


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Poor plot organization with a lot of red herrings that lead no where and boring character development with repetitive references to issues in the lives of these small town characters. While digging up the body lead to finding her murderer, we never did find out who desecrated the grave. Disingenuous writing style is about the level of a harlequin romance and the characters are about as profound as those in a reality tv show.

Sep 24, 2010

I believe this is Frances Mayes only fiction, I liked it much better than her current book Every Day in Tuscany


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