Lunch with Authors series 2019-20

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CASSANDRA KING
CONROY

Thurs. Dec. 12 @ 12:00 PM

Country Club of Hilton Head

Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy
The woman he called “King Ray” looks back at her love affair with a natural-born storyteller whose lust for life was fueled by a passion for literature, food, and the Carolina Lowcountry that was his home. As she reflects on their relationship and the years they spent together, Cassandra reveals how the marshlands of South Carolina ultimately cast their spell on her, too, and how she came to understand the convivial, generous, funny, and wounded flesh-and-blood man beneath the legend—her husband, the original Prince of Tides.

PATTI CALLAHAN
HENRY

Thurs. Mar. 19 @ 12:00 PM

Belfair Clubhouse

Becoming Mrs. Lewis

An exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

DEBORAH GOODRICH ROYCE

Thurs. Jan. 23 @ 12:00 PM

Hampton Hall Clubhouse

Finding Mrs. Ford

Mrs. Ford leads a gilded life. From her Blenheim spaniels to her cottage on the coast of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, she carefully curates her world. Hair in place, house in place, life in place, Susan Ford keeps it under control. Early one morning in the summer of 2014, the past pays a call to collect. The FBI arrives to question her about a man from Iraq—a Chaldean Christian from Mosul—where ISIS has just seized control. Sammy Fakhouri, they say, is his name and they have taken him into custody, picked up on his way to her house. Back in the summer of 1979, on the outskirts of a declining Detroit, college coed Susan meets charismatic and reckless Annie. They are an unlikely pair of friends but they each see something in the other—something they’d like to possess. Together, the girls navigate a world filled with pretty girls and powerful men, some of whom—like Sammy Fakhouri—happen to be Iraqi Chaldeans. What happened in that summer of 1979 when Susan and Annie met? Why is Sammy looking for Susan all these years later? And why is Mrs. Ford lying?

KIMMERY MARTIN

Wed. Apr. 15 @ 12:00 PM

Country Club of Hilton Head

The Antidote for Everything

Georgia Brown’s profession as a urologist requires her to interact with plenty of naked people, but her romantic life has fizzled. The most important person in her life is her friend, Jonah Tsukada, a funny, empathetic family medicine doctor who works at the same hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, and who has become as close as family to her. Just after Georgia leaves the country for a medical conference, she hears startling news from Jonah: the hospital intends to fire doctors who provide medical care for transgender patients. Disturbed by the hospital’s actions, the two of them concoct a plan to persuade the board to reverse its decision about placing limitations on patient care. But when the strategy spirals out of control, both Georgia and Jonah risk their careers and their friendship in a last-ditch effort to regain the right to treat their patients.

COLLEEN OAKLEY

Thurs. Feb. 20 @ 12:00 PM

Belfair Clubhouse

You Were There Too

A heart-wrenching and unforgettable love story about a woman who must choose between the man she loves and the man fate has chosen for her. In a novel that reminds us that the best life is one led by the heart. Mia Graydon’s life looks picket-fence perfect; she has the house, her loving husband, and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too — unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of them, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own—he’s been dreaming of her too.

 

 


 

MARY KAY ANDREWS

Tues. May 5 @ 12:00 PM

Hampton Hall Clubhouse

Sunset Beach

Drue Campbell’s life and career have recently been derailed. The only thing she has left is the house her mother left her: a ramshackle beach bungalow with a missing roof in the once-sleepy town of Sunset Beach, which is rapidly becoming a hot spot for the rich and well-heeled, who are none too pleased about the shabby eyesore in their perfect neighborhood. When Drue’s larger-than-life father unexpectedly turns up at her mother’s funeral and offers her a job at his law firm, Drue doesn’t know whether to be grateful or resentful that he has suddenly reappeared. She grudgingly accepts the job sifting through cold callers and shysters looking to get rich quick. But when her attention is caught by a suspicious murder case, Drue finds herself entangled in a decades-old mystery – one that may have dire consequences for Drue and the people she loves.

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