Join Hub City Bookshop in welcoming Victoria Benton Frank, daughter of Dorothea Benton Frank! Victoria's debut novel, My Magnolia Summer, is the perfect summer read, recommended by Ann Patchett, Patti Callahan Henry, and Elin Hildebrand!
The ticket price includes a copy of My Magnolia Summer and a buffet lunch. There will be time for signing at the end of the event.
Tickets must be purchased by noon on Wednesday, June 7.
“In My Magnolia Summer, author Victoria Benton Frank spins all the plates and brings all the magic of the low country to life. A tale of the complicated relationships between mothers, daughters and let's not forget, sisters – this enchanting novel will bring romance and sunshine to your summer reading list.” –Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Five-Star Weekend
Victoria Benton Frank transports us to her family’s beloved Low Country of South Carolina, in this spicy and heartfelt debut about strong three strong women with strong appetites.
In New York City winter never seems to loosen its hold and for South Carolina transplant Maggie (born Magnolia after the fairest summer flower) the balmy beach weather of April back home on Sullivan’s Island feels like a distant memory. Until a phone call from her sister, Violet, changes everything.
Gran, the treasured matriarch, has fallen into a coma after a car accident caused by Maggie’s troubled mother, Lily. But once Maggie returns, she finds that her hometown of Sullivan’s Island holds even more secrets. The Magic Lantern, the restaurant owned and run by generations of women in her family, is now rudderless, and her sister seems headed for a savage breakup.
Once she is between the marsh grasses and dunes of South Carolina, she feels herself changing like the Atlantic tides, rediscovering the roots she left behind, and a new and different version of herself—one who can see how a minor crash into the back of a very handsome farmer’s truck may become fortunate. Or perhaps it’s even… fate?
When the three generations of South Carolina women join forces—the family pillar Gran, troubled Lily, impulsive Violet, and redoubtable Maggie—anything is possible.
Victoria Benton Frank was born in New York City, raised in Montclair, New Jersey, but considers herself to have dual residency in the Lowcountry. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston and the French Culinary Institute. Victoria worked in restaurants in New York before returning to Charleston, South Carolina, which she considers home, with her husband, two kids, and a giant mutt. When she isn’t writing, she is reading, cooking, or chasing her children.